Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has threatened to sue some media organizations, but not Vanguard Media, for alleged fake news and character assassination of his personality.
Tinubu accused the media of character assassinating him over an alleged drug trafficking case that was previously handled in the United States.
Bayo Onanuga, Director of Media and Publicity for the APC Presidential Campaign Council, stated on Saturday via his Facebook page that a lawsuit would be filed “sooner rather than later.”
Onanuga’s statement comes after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) denied that it was looking into a criminal case against Tinubu.
He accused media organizations, but not Vanguard, of being paid to spread false information about Tinubu by the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Labour Party, LP, Abubakar Atiku and Peter Obi, respectively.
He stated, “All those people, including Arise TV, BusinessDay, and Channels TV spreading fake news and assassinating the character of Asiwaju Tinubu will meet us in court sooner than later.
“You have all thrown professionalism and objectivity to Jabi Lake because you are playing the script of your master puppeteers, Atiku and Peter Obi. The height of your shenanigans today was the wide use of a fake INEC statement,” he said.
Earlier this week, documents circulated in the public domain detailing a money forfeiture via the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois purportedly linked to Tinubu’s alleged drug trafficking.
However, the documents did not show that Tinubu was put on trial or that he was involved with drug trafficking rings. The documents also revealed that the case was settled about 30 years ago.
According to the report, Tinubu forfeited $460,000 in one of the ten accounts linked to the former Lagos state governor.
Tinubu’s campaign also stated that the forfeiture was for unpaid taxes on income earned by the ruling party’s candidate.