Femi Fani-Kayode, a prominent member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council, said on Saturday that Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate, was investigated by the FBI for “links to drugs and laundering drug money.”
POLITICS NIGERIA says that Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, said that the investigation in the US “turned up nothing.”
Remember that Tinubu, who was governor of Lagos State for two terms, is said to have given the US government $460,000 in alleged drug money.
The spokesperson of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo (SAN), had said that the money was tax deducted from one of the 10 accounts linked to Tinubu in the US.
In an article on his official website, Fani-Kayode said more about the situation: “Tinubu chose not to challenge or dispute that claim and assertion by the IRS, even though he had every right to do so, and so he voluntarily gave up that money.
“The seizure of the $460,000 USD had nothing to do with drugs or links to drug trafficking.
“Rather it had everything to do with tax and it was the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that claimed it.
“The FBI looked into Tinubu to see if he had anything to do with drugs or laundering money from drugs. They found NOTHING. He did nothing wrong.
“Most of the money they took at first was given back.
“The money that wasn’t returned had NOTHING to do with drugs.
“Tinubu is a good, honest, hard-working, and innocent man, and those who say these things just want to stop him from running for president.”