Former Lagos state governor and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Bola Tinubu has promised APC members “good money” if the party emerges victorious in the rescheduled general elections.
In a leaked audio tape, Tinubu told supporters that President Muhammadu Buhari does not have the kind of money he plans to steal and the financial resources to prosecute the elections.
He assured them that once his stooge, the APC gubernatorial candidate in Lagos, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is elected he will have unfettered access to the Lagos state treasury to reward them.
“For all those who have come to Bourdillon, you know why we are here. We are here for mobilisation. You know what I mean by mobilisation.
“So, as registered APC members, you have to go and get your neighbours to come out and vote for the APC. It is after I have seen the favourable results of the elections that I will bring out good money.
“Buhari does not have the money that I want to steal and he doesn’t have the money I want to take from him. Also, he does not have the war chest for this presidential election.
“Therefore, whatever I’m promising you is for real – and it is coming from my own pocket. It is not until I go to Alausa before I can get money to give you” he said.
“Before now, party faithful would gather here around me like ants around sugar, asking for mobilisation. They always succeeded in getting something substantial from me with many of them from the same areas.
“That was then. This time it does not matter if your footwear wears out. Once you can deliver in this election, I am committed to give money that is substantial. We’ll never lack.” The maverick politician also stunned his supporters when he admitted demeaning the people of Osun State. Until now Tinubu had denied making any denigrating statements regarding the financial capacity of the state.
“I was called names (after making a misguided statement in Osun State during its governorship poll). I made a misguided utterance but I got away with it.
“In Osun, they were grumbling that the governorship candidate in the last election was brought from Lagos; Aregbe (former Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola) too was brought from there and now it’s (Adegboyega) Oyetola…they were complaining” Tinubu said.
Further justifying the choice of Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola as Osun governor, the former Lagos state governor said, “So, when we trained your children; after training them they got the brain and experience. They’ve acquired the know-how. Will it be bad for them to return home to fix things that are broken? How much really is your (Osun people) money that I want to embezzle? You (Osun people) don’t have the kind of money that I have. Their king was there seated when I said so.
“I said: ‘You don’t have the kind of money that I have.’ If I’m going to change your (Osun people’s) money it will be coins.’ I never knew I was being recorded and that was how the video went viral. For that reason, I have to be guided in my speech right now in order to avoid saying a similar thing today.”