The All Progressives Congress National leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has accused some members of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) of plotting a smear campaign to tarnish his image and severe his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Jan. 26, by his media aide, Sunday Are, he said the campaign was tagged ‘Destroy the reputation of Tinubu and his relationship with Buhari’.
Tinubu alleged that some of the PDP members who have refused to recover from the 2015 election defeat would stop at nothing to bring him down. He said some of them are facing corruption probe and planning to implicate in the controversy to garner public sympathy.
He said, “The individuals behind the plot are mostly scared PDP elements made frightened by the Buhari anti-corruption campaign. They direct this falsehood at Tinubu in the futile mission of trying to drive a wedge between the President and Tinubu to disrupt the progress being made against corruption and to destabilise the APC.
“But their PDP is already something by-gone, buried under the mass of its corruption and wrongdoing. They fight for a cause that has no cause. They are mercenaries of all the ills and defects that the people want excised from our body politic. Thus, we must do the people a public service.”
The revered politician denied granting any interview, where he talked about Buhari's 2019 re-election plan; and also distanced himself from the $2.1bn arms scandal.
He stated, “In the last six weeks, the Tinubu Media Office has monitored the stream of false, distorted media accounts written against Bola Ahmed Tinubu. We have learned that there is a concerted, wilful campaign tagged, ‘Destroy the reputation of Tinubu and his relationship with Buhari.’
“As part of this ugly plot to cultivate the worst of lies against the national leader of the APC, several blogs and online sites recruited to launch this smear campaign have manufactured stories to advance this sinister plan to taint the public mind with gross lies disguised as news reports and interviews.
“Fallacious headlines such as ‘Reasons why I collected N9m-Tinubu’ and ‘I will not return N9m-Tinubu”. “I am afraid PDP will stop Buhari in 2019 – Tinubu,’ are being paraded. Try as hard as they can the creators of these false tales and misleading headlines will fail miserably.
“Their stories cannot stand up to the slightest scrutiny. They are patently false and we condemn in the strongest terms those involved in this anti-Tinubu racket.”
Tinubu said some of plotters have cloned the letter head of his media office, vowing that everyone behind the campaign would be brought to justice.
He added, “While these fellows may think themselves cunning, they might have outwitted their very selves. In writing these stories, they have committed clear libel. In abusing the media office letterhead and name, their misrepresentations amount to forgery.
“They laugh now but walk on thin ice. Soon, that ice will break and they shall have nothing but the weight of their wrongdoing to blame for their predicament that will soon come.
“After identifying the bloggers and paid hatchet writers perpetrating these wrongs, the Tinubu Media Office is taking the step to alert the public to beware and be weary of hatchet writers, false prophets and paid bloggers.
The statement said Tinubu's media office has the names of bloggers and websites paid to push the campaign and threatened deal with them if they do not desist from the act.