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Tinubu Plans To Use US, Europe Trips To Whitewash Past Criminal Record, Forgery, Southwest Group Alleges

Tinubu Plans To Use US, Europe Trips To Whitewash Past Criminal Record, Forgery, Others, Southwest Group Alleges
November 29, 2022

Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, is set to embark on foreign trips from December 4.


The Southwest Renaissance Group has alleged that the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu plans to use his foreign trips to whitewash the inconsistencies in his academic records.

Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, is set to embark on foreign trips from December 4.

According to his campaign team, the essence of the trip is for him to meet global leaders regarding his presidential aspiration.

This was disclosed in a series of tweets posted on Monday by the APC Presidential Campaign Council.

It said Tinubu will travel to key Western capitals from December 4 and is expected to return to Nigeria latest December 12 to continue his campaign rallies and stakeholders’ engagement.

However, a statement on Tuesday signed by the Convener of Southwest Renaissance Group, Hon. Abdulsalam Olaitan, noted that the purpose of the trip is different from what the APC Presidential Campaign Council said.

The group said its findings revealed the trip “is to whitewash the record of inconsistencies in Tinubu’s academic claims and for photo ops to confuse the public on his history with drugs trafficking and indictment thereof, by the United States justice system.”

The group noted that barring any last-minute change, Tinubu has perfected plans to be at Chatham House, London on December 5, 2022, to talk about security and the economy which his party has failed to tackle.

The statement reads in part, “Tinubu is the national leader of the incumbent All Progressives Congress and we wish to assert that other than deceiving Nigerians and the world at large, the APC presidential candidate and his party have nothing new to offer, different from what the current reign of suffering that the ruling party has ceaselessly unleashed on the country in the past seven-plus years.

“Will Tinubu be campaigning against his party? Or, will he be telling his audience at the Chatham House, that his political party that has railroaded 133 million Nigerians into multi-dimensional poverty should be allowed to continue kneeling on the neck of the Nigerian people?

“Tinubu intends to further travel to Washington, D.C., for paid-for access to the State Department.

“The APC presidential flag-bearer is using the services of a lobbyist to blackmail the US government as taking sides when they invited Atiku Abubakar; hence they asked him to also come. He allegedly plans to organize paid meetings with politicians in DC to create a false impression of his popularity.

“The main objective of his desperation to visit the State Department is in order to confuse the public about his record of criminal forfeiture in narcotics trading.

“However, we wish to disagree with the back-door approach that Tinubu is resorting to in clarifying his record of indictment by a United States court in 1993.

“We insist that nothing short of full disclosure on the matter will be acceptable to the Nigerian people.

“Nigerians will not vote for a president who, just 30 years ago, was linked to a drug cartel, busted, investigated, indicted and forfeited $460,000 in the United States.

“Again, we are reliably informed that Tinubu intends to travel to Chicago to meet with unknown persons in order to diffuse his records of indictment for drugs trafficking and money laundering.”

“We, therefore, challenge him to use the opportunity of his visit to apply for and secure the release of all the Certified True Copies of all the documents in his indictment case, including the case history.

“We insist that nothing short of such full disclosure will assuage the misgivings that Nigerians have against the prospects of an indicted drugs lord being the president of Nigeria,” the Southwest Renaissance Group added.

The group said “Tinubu also plans to visit Chicago University and take pictures to suggest his schooling and certificates are regular”.

“He is challenged to make public, also, Certified True Copies of his academic records, including his certificates as contained in his INEC forms of 1999 and 2003 which he deposed to under oath.

“While it is no longer in doubt that Tinubu attended the Chicago State University, though there are allegations that he may have done so with the results of a female, it is incontrovertible that he never attended the Chicago University contrary to the form he filled in 1999.

“Tinubu plans to visit Paris, France for undisclosed meetings with communities, among others.

“We challenge Tinubu to make his engagements, especially seminars public to prove the soundness of his mind in an analytical sense that will convince all Nigerians that he is of sound cognitive health,” the group stated.