The publisher of Point Blank News, Mr Jackson Ude, has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a den and safe heaven for criminals.
Ude who is a US based investigative journalist, said this in a statement while reacting to an attack launched on his person after he revealed a secret phone conversation that took place between president Bola Tinubu, Chief Justice of the federation, Olukayode Ariwoola, two other Justices of the Supreme Court and the Director General of the Department of State Services, Bichi.
In the said conversation Tinubu was allegedly asking the justices their opinion and help over the 2023 presidential election matter pending at the election petition tribunal.
Though, APC had denied the allegations in a statement yesterday.
But Mr Ude who served as Director of Strategy and Communications under ex-president Goodluck Jonathan while lashing out on APC, wondered how a political party that claimed to have saved over N400 billion from removal of subsidy will turn around to secure N800 billion loan out of which they plan to give the National Assembly N70 billion, allocate N35 billion to the National Judicial Council headed by the same Chief Justice of Nigeria, who will sit on the election case.
He however, said that with all these shenanigans, APC appears to be the most fraudulent party in Africa.
The statement reads, “My attention has been drawn to a statement issued by one political party called the All Progressives Congress, APC, in which they attempted to disparage my person and deny the intercepted conversations between the embattled President Bola Tinubu, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Olukayode Ariwoola, two other Justices of the Supreme Court and the Director General of the Department of State Services, DSS, where they were discussing the 2023 Presidential election petitions.
“Ordinarily, I would not have cared to issue a response to APC’s statement if it did not impugn on my person. APC is the most fraudulent political party in the history of Nigeria’s democracy.
“I insist and stand by my tweet that Bola Tinubu has been having conversations with the CJN and the DG, DSS before and after the Presidential elections.
“Their planned meeting in France and London was botched when it was exposed by the media. Tinubu has had series of phone conversations with the mentioned persons requesting their opinion and help over the 2023 Presidential election matter pending at the PEPC. He had also sought the opinion of a former Attorney General and Minister of Justice on his chances at the tribunal. If they keep denying, let them submit their phone records and that of their aides for forensics.
“APC is the most mischievous and lying political party in Africa. A den and safe haven for criminals.
“How do you explain a party that knowingly fielded a man with drug crime cases, questionable identity, multiple FBI cases in the United States of America, U.S.A, as a Presidential candidate, and rigged him to the Presidency. Whether Bola Tinubu has been convicted for any crimes or not, the mere fact that he has been severally linked to fraudulent behaviour locally and internationally, places a moral burden for which a serious-minded political party should have considered before allowing him buy his way to become a Presidential candidate.
“How do you explain a political party that removed fuel subsidy, claimed it has saved over N400billion from subsidy removal to turn around and collect N800billion loan out of which they planned to gift the National Assembly N70billion, give the National Judicial Council, NJC, headed by the same Chief Justice of Nigeria, who will sit on the Election case a whopping N35billion and then share N8k to Nigerians for six months. How more mischievous, deceitful and fraudulent can a political party be?
“When the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Government under President Goodluck Jonathan attempted to remove the fuel subsidy and fuel prices went up to N87 per litre, same APC mobilized Nigerians and went to the streets in protest against that Government. Today, fuel prices have increased to nearly N800 per litre under the same minimum wage but the Party wants Nigerians to celebrate and clap for the Government. If this is not mischievous and fraudulent, what then is it?
“APC went ahead in their statement to describe Tinubu as a “core democrat.” Very laughable. A “core democrat” who cannot win an election without rigging. A core democrat who will forge his age, academic records, place of birth, commit all manner of crimes at home and abroad. Nigeria does not deserve persons with such credentials.
“I have not dished out any falsehood or inflamed any passion. I have only exposed what Bola Tinubu and his party are doing behind the scenes.
“They are the ones who have inflamed passions, dished out falsehood since 2015, misruled the country, created more unemployment and poverty in the country.
APC should do well not to push me because I have more information to dish out on Tinubu to prove that he was never a fit and proper person to run for political office anywhere in the world. Enough is enough.”