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Tinubu behind Saraki’s Wife EFCC Ordeal —Senator

A former Vice-Chairman and member, Board of Trustees of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Senator Joseph Waku, has accused the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, of masterminding the
petition that let to the summoning of the wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki, by the EFCC.

According to the controversial former Senator, the decision was followed by a promise to help secure a second term for the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde.

But Tinubu said Waku should not be taken seriously, as he's broke and needed money from Saraki.

Waku, in a statement sent to journalists in Abuja on Saturday, alleged that Tinubu is using his personal relationship with the EFCC Chairman “to embarrass and torment fellow party members” as unfortunate.

Waku claimed that his findings showed that Tinubu personally gave the petition to Lamorde under the guise that he was submitting it on behalf of the APC leadership to punish Saraki for working against the party’s leadership on the choice of National Assembly leaders.

He said, “I have chosen to speak out on this issue and make my findings on this issue known to the public. After days of painstaking enquiries, I discovered that both Tinubu and Lamorde maintain a mutually beneficial relationship since the days of Lamorde as the EFCC Director of Operations and based in Lagos between 2003 and 2007, when Tinubu was equally the Governor of Lagos.

“I also discovered from my findings in EFCC that the so-called petition against Mrs. Saraki was personally given to Lamorde by Tinubu under the guise that he was submitting the petition on behalf of the APC leadership to punish Saraki for working against the party’s leadership on the choice of National Assembly leaders. This was followed by a promise to help secure a second term for Lamorde as EFCC chairman.”

The controversial politician, who once called for coup few years after the return of democracy, claimed EFCC “is again being dragged into the political arena to settle political scores like some years ago.”

But when PUNCH contacted Tinubu’s Media Adviser, Sunday Dare, he said, “No one should pay Senator Waku any attention. We know when he is broke and needs a quick fix.”

“What he has said is fit for the trash. No one should dignify Waku’s tales by moonlight with any attention or ever take him serious. For any serious individual with a reputation to protect, Waku is a very poor hire. Waku is an individual with no shred of reputation and a political pariah in his home state.

“Tinubu does not run or dictate to the EFCC. And like countless others, Tinubu had also been investigated by the EFCC several times in the past. Tinubu has no hand in the travails of anyone because he is right now very busy, working with others of like minds on how the APC political agenda can set sail as quickly as possible. That is the urgency of now and not the tantrums of the likes of Waku.

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