The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has said that his moral authority played a big role in his ability to influence the 2019 Presidential election.
He also said that other tools that helped him influence the elections, are his skills as a veteran Politician, and dedication to campaigning and mobilising his own party members.
Tinubu revealed this in a statement, while responding to an advertorial in the Media, alleging that he met with the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, to influence the Sokoto State Governorship rerun election, in favour of the APC.
The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a partisan advertorial, in the March 21, edition of Daily Trust, entitled – ‘Inconclusive Gubernatorial Election: Sokoto People Warn Tinubu, Oshiomole, Yari, Bagudu and others’.
“The advertorial, placed by an organisation called the Sokoto State Coalition of PDP Supporters, bears the logo of PDP National Youth League, and is signed by one Engr. Haruna Usman Shagari.
“The advert made baseless allegations against myself, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, Chairman of APC, Sen. Adamu Aliero, and Gov. Abdul’Aziz Yari of Zamfara.
“It falsely alleges that I, along with the others, met the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakub, in order to influence the Sokoto State Gubernatorial rerun election, in favour of the APC.
“These allegations by a contrived PDP organ, are desperate untruths without a basis in fact. But they are entirely in line with the delusional reactions of PDP, to their loss in the Presidential election”, he said.
Tinubu added that he had always been at the forefront of the struggle for Electoral reform in Nigeria, which culminated in the establishment of the Uwais Commission, by late President Umaru Yar’adua.
“A prominent member of that Panel, Prof. Attahiru Jega, later became the INEC Chairman, and was able to implement the far-reaching reforms that have enabled us to have the free and fair elections that we witnessed in 2015, and now in 2019.
“If I were such a prominent supporter of Electoral reforms, why will I now be among those trying to subvert democracy?
“My only tools for influencing elections, are my moral authority, my skills as a veteran Politician, and dedication to campaigning and mobilising my own party members”, he said.
Tinubu urged the PDP in Sokoto State, to desist from using his name to defraud the people, or as a way to gain sympathy.
“With respect to Sokoto, former Gov. Aliyu Wamakko is a popular figure and Leader, who has the respect of the people of the State.
“It is also clear that the APC Candidate is more qualified and more committed to the welfare of the people, than his PDP opponent.
“By his panicked responses, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has shown his sheer desperation, fears that his political career is crumbling. If he loses this election, he has lost everything.
“Thus, there is no untruth he will not tell, and no tactic too extreme in order to hold on to his seat. However, he should not use my name to defraud the people, or as a way to gain sympathy.
“Instead, Tambuwal should face the consequences of his own actions. It is Tambuwal, who has caused his own predicament. The people know that Tambuwal has sacrificed their interests to advance his own.
“He can try whatever propaganda and untruths he wants, but in the end, the people will render the verdict that his selfish and unproductive record deserves”, Tinubu said.