A youth group, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Awareness for Youth Vanguard, has decried the call made by an activist, Mr Deji Adeyanju, on Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the bullion vans recently found in the Bourdillon home of the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for alleged financial impropriety, describing the claim as not only preposterous but baseless.
Adeyanju, a known opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) activist, had recently stormed the EFCC office with a petition, calling on the commission to cause investigations into the bullion vans found on the premises of Tinubu on the eve of one of the last general election held in the country.
In a statement jointly signed by its national coordinator, Alhaji Muktar Abubakar and national secretary, Mr Dayo Ogunjebe, on Sunday, the APC youth group expressed the displeasure, urging the PDP to call not only Adeyanju to order but all its other members “regarding who they try to denigrate.”
According to the youth group, this is because Asiwaju Tinubu and some certain persons are above their class and should be spared such disrespect.
APC youths, while dismissing the petition by Adeyanju and his group as lacking basis, said this was because nobody had ever questioned the source of income of the APC National Leader as he had submitted himself to scrutiny on the two occasions he ran as governor of Lagos State.
Besides, the group said all companies owned by the former Lagos governor were registered and known to Nigerians “and from which he pays taxes to the Nigerian Government.”
It contended that the activist, who claimed to know that it was cash that was ferried in the bullion van could not tell how much it was for EFCC to confirm it was above the means of the APC Leader and hence should be investigated.
Speaking on the petition and the way and manner it was delivered to the EFCC, the APC youth vanguard said the process of the submission came with a lot of drama and pretensions that questioned the motive behind the resolve of the complainant as submission of petitions were usually done with seriousness and discretion given the sensitivity of the work of the commission.
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