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Tinubu 'I don't play gutter politics,' APC leader denies using EFCC against PDP senators

Tinubu said he may disagree with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on several national issues but never to the extent of engaging in mudslinging or personal attacks.

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National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has denied reports that he is instigating the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against opposition in the Senate.

Tinubu said he may disagree with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on national issues but never to the extent of engaging in mudslinging, rumour mongering or personal attacks.

He said mischief makers who are trying to use his name to stir opposition in the senate are behind the reports.

This was contained in a statement issued on Tinubu's behalf by his spokesman, Tunde Rahman.

Rahman said the APC leader, who is a former senator, would not do anything that could belittle the senate, adding that he (Tinubu) has special affection for the institution.

The statement said: "We are usually not in the position of agreement with PDP members. But on this rare occasion, we have no contention with them.  Asiwaju Tinubu is a former senator. He has a special affection for the senate as an institution.

"It is not within him to belittle the institution or members of that institution who happen to be in the opposing political party.

"Moreover, his brand of politics does not lend itself to engaging in wanton character and personal attacks. There is significant policy difference between our progressive school of thought and the often reactionary ideas of the PDP.

"There are more than enough serious issues over which to grapple the PDP.  Asiwaju Tinubu’s politics are driven by his policy views. He will gladly wrestle against the PDP on substantive political differences. But engage in personal attacks, rumor-mongering and mudslinging, never.  We leave that for others. The gutter is no place to build a better nation. We seek higher ground.

"So that there is no confusion on the core issue here, we categorically deny any hand in any negative personal reports on any senator.

"Some malefactors want to use the name of Asiwaju Tinubu to stir opposition in the senate to the confirmation of Magu as EFCC chairman. By trying to paint Magu as Tinubu’s partner in mudslinging, the false story seeks to induce senators to oppose Magu as a way of thwarting Asiwaju Tinubu."

"The authors of this screed thus revealed their moral barrenness. The fight against corruption is a cardinal battle this nation must win or forever forego its greater destiny,” he added.

"Despite the importance of this matter, someone is trying to exalt his narrow personal interests above the long-term interests of the nation. Someone so brazen and self-absorbed is a dangerous instrumentality when placed in a position of power."

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It is believed that the Senate rejected the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, as the substantive head of the anti-graft agency because the Commission is prosecuting some senators, including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, for corruption.

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