The Lagos chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned what it says is a sponsored smear campaign against its national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State.
Joe Igbokwe who serves as publicity secretary of the APC in Lagos, made the remarks Monday, September 7, 2015 while reacting to an opinion editorial in a national newspaper in which the writer warned President Buhari to “beware of Tinubu because he is a moral burden and a dent on his image”.
According to the Igbokwe, “Our attention has been drawn to an article published on 2nd September 2015 written by one Dele Akin Rahman encouraged by his sponsors.
“Lagos APC condemns in strongest terms this calculated attempt to bring Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu down to their miserable level and to judge the consummate leader of men by their horrible and dubious standards.
“Before the 2015 Presidential elections our well-respected National leader Tinubu and President Buhari were subjected to vicious attacks and debilitating assaults just to bring them down but they failed woefully. President Buhari and Asiwaju BAT ran away with resounding and unprecedented victory on March 28 2015.
“Ever since then, Dele Rahman and his sponsors have been angry, frustrated, confused, humiliated, humbled, afraid and disgraced. Politically they have been decimated and relegated to the background, economically their business of stealing government money in billions has been checkmated and blocked and socially they have been ostracized and rejected by Nigerians.
“These fraudsters and morally bankrupt nonentities know that it is impossible for them to get to Asiwaju BAT’s intimidating, illustrious and glorious personality, so they resort to blackmail and character assassination to bring the sage, the colossus and the leader of men to the miserable level.
“It is obvious that these dying forces of evil are on a futile effort to parry their 16years of wreckage and who else to bear the brunt but a Tinubu who has come to personify a living nightmare to the dying PDP.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu remains a well-respected political figure in Nigeria, Africa and the world today and woe betide anybody who thinks in his wildest imagination that a strong and powerful image built for nearly 50years can be destroyed by the antics of a foolish constituency and men without honour.”