Phrank Shaibu, special assistant for public communications to the People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, criticized the All People’s Congress (APC) and President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for trying to present the $460,000 forfeiture as tax evasion, not drugs. fee.
Shaibu, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, revealed that the truth has finally come to light through the procedures submitted by the All-Radical Congress to the Presidential Election Motions Court.
“Festus Keyamo had gone on national television to say that Tinubu’s forfeiture of $460,000 was based on tax obligations. At least they have now finally admitted that the forfeiture was in relation to a drug trafficking case even though Tinubu did not admit guilt.
“But what has been established is that Justice John Nordberg ordered on October 4, 1993 that the funds in the amount of $460,000 held in First Heritage Bank in the name of Bola Tinubu represent the proceeds of narcotics trafficking or were involved in financial transactions in violation of 18 U.S. 1956 and 1957.
“Tinubu should know that he cannot outrun his past. He was investigated in relation to heroin trafficking. He had millions of dollars in his account while on a salary of $2,500 monthly, and he forfeited part of it in order to escape jail. These are the facts. Elections are over, and he should stop lying to Nigerians.
According to Shaibu, Keyamo’s lack of understanding of the legal proceedings was one of the reasons he failed as a prosecutor with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“Festus Keyamo’s law degree really needs to be investigated. One wonders how he even became a senior advocate. He went on national television to say the $460,000 was a fine for not paying taxes,” he said.
“Now, Tinubu is telling the Election Petition Tribunal that the money in question was forfeited as part of a court decree in relation to his drug case. No wonder Keyamo lost so many high-profile cases with the EFCC while he was a prosecutor, Shaibu said.
Atiku’s aide, however, slammed Tinubu for claiming that he was not under investigation, but only the funds in his bank accounts were under probe.
Shaibu asked Tinubu to explain to Nigerians how he was able to deposit millions of dollars one year after opening bank accounts while earning a salary of $2,500 at Mobil.
“Elections are over, but Tinubu is still trying to deceive Nigerians. Is he saying the millions of dollars found in his account just magically appeared there just as how his aide said on live television that the bullion van found on his premises ahead of the 2019 poll erroneously found their way there?
“Tinubu should stop taking Nigerians for a ride. Let him explain the business he did in order to have such a humongous sum of money in his account.
“Given his antecedents and open admission that he lived with known drug kingpins, Shaibu opines Tinubu’s presidency would be a setback in the fight against narcotics.
He further urged the US authorities to disregard diplomatic protocol and provide the Nigerian judiciary with all information pertaining to Tinubu’s trial and verdict in the US investigation into drug dealings, as well as his forfeiture of $460,000 US dollars during his conviction.
“The US should not associate with electoral thieves by merely stating whether he is still under probe or not. We need in-depth details of this corn man,” Shaibu said.