A member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Joseph Waku, has accused national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu of orchestrating recent troubles of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, including the recent invitation of his wife, Toyin by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Waku, who was a senator between 1999 and 2003 said Tinubu was making use of a pre-existing relationship with EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde to his advantage.
He said: “After days of painstaking enquiries, I discovered that both Tinubu and Lamorde maintain a mutually beneficial relationship since the days of Lamorde as the EFCC Director of Operations and based in Lagos between 2003 and 2007 when Tinubu was equally the governor of Lagos.
“I also discovered from my findings in EFCC that the so-called petition against Mrs. Saraki was personally given to Lamorde by Tinubu under the guise that he was submitting the petition on behalf of the APC leadership to punish Saraki for working against the party’s leadership on the choice of National Assembly leaders. This was followed by a promise to help secure a second term for Lamorde as EFCC chairman.”
Reacting to the allegation, Tinubu’s media office, speaking via a statement said Waku was only seeking political relevance.
The statement read: “Tinubu does not run or dictate to the EFCC,” said the statement signed by Sunday Dare, Tinubu’s aide.
“And like countless others, Tinubu has also (been) investigated by the EFCC severely in the past. Tinubu has no hand in the travails of anyone because he is right now very busy working with others of like mind on how the APC political agenda can set sail as quickly as possible.
“That is the urgency of now and not the tantrums of the likes of Waku.”
The statement further said that Waku was someone with “no shred of reputation and a political pariah in his home state. No one should pay former Senator Waku any attention. We know when he is broke and needs a quick fix.”