A former governor of Lagos State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has released N8 billion to reclaim Edo State from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in next Saturday’s gubernatorial poll in the state, sources familiar with the transaction said.
Described as Tinubu’s last-minute attempt to ‘buy Edo State’ come September 19, the sources who wouldn’t want their names mentioned, said: “The decision to mobilise the N8 billion was taken after Tinubu’s television broadcast, calling on Edo voters not to reelect Governor Godwin Obaseki, failed to sway Edo voters.”
“Instead, the APC chieftain got a bloody nose from Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike on various social media platforms, who jeered at him for attempting to play the godfather in Edo politics,” the sources added.
Recall that Tinubu was in the news shortly after the 2019 general elections, over cash-carrying bullion vans seen at his home on the eve of the presidential election.
The armoured vehicles usually deliver large sums of money to banks. Tinubu’s action was widely condemned and was accused of violating Nigeria’s anti-money laundering laws.
Tinubu who later admitted that the bullion vans were conveying money to his house, defended his action, and claimed he did nothing wrong because he was not a government official.