The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Itse Sagay, said the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is beyond reproach concerning the election bullion van saga.
According to Sagay, Tinubu was already a wealthy man before venturing into public office and hence is not guilty of the charge of corruption. It was gathered that Itsay made this statement in reaction to calls from various quarters to the offices of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to probe Tinubu over the issue of a bullion van leaving his premises presumably carrying cash on the Eve of the 2019 election. He also noted that Tinubu had used his personal finances to help out politicians in the past.
“Tinubu was already very rich before he became governor. He is not a man who became rich after he joined the government.
He worked in the petroleum sector. I recalled that during the course of his fight with Abacha, he had to escape for his life in order to join so many other people like Anthony Enahoro, Wole Soyinka and many other pro-democracy activists. Tinubu was the one funding quite a lot of the organisations and those staying abroad.
So, he has always been a man of means. It will be ridiculous that having come back to the country, won’t he invest his money into various ventures? So, no one should be surprised that he is a rich man.
All I know is that he is rich from his own hard work, investments and therefore, he should be given the benefit of the doubt instead of being subjected to the persecution which some people want him to be subjected to,” Sagay said.