Tinubu distances self from company accused of rigging

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All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju
Bola Tinubu, has condemned a report linking him with a company called Act
Technologies Limited.

The company had been accused of involvement in rigging the
2015 general elections in Nigeria.

“Asiwaju has absolutely no relation to, or interest in, Act
Technologies Limited,” a statement by Tinubu Media Office on Friday pointed
out.

“He had never even heard of the company until the PDP (and
its cronies in the media) started this campaign of calumny a few days ago.

“Moreover, Asiwaju has never been involved in the supply of
card readers, voter registration and accreditation frameworks or any other
materials or services to INEC. Never,” the statement added.

The statement titled “Response to Allegations in
Saharareporters” reads:

“Our attention has been drawn to a false and reckless story
published online by Sahara Reporters wrongfully accusing Asiwaju Bola Ahmed
Tinubu of electoral malpractice and incorrectly linking him with a company
known as Act Technologies Limited.

“If lies were sand, this story would be a desert.

Perhaps the only thing this story manages to get correct is
the spelling of Asiwaju’s name.

However, the story is but an unfortunate and crude attempt
to malign Asiwaju’s name. Asiwaju has absolutely no relation to, or interest
in, Act Technologies Limited. He had never even heard of the company until the
PDP (and its cronies in the media) started this campaign of calumny a few days
ago.

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 “Let us be clear in
this matter. If any political party was in control of INEC’s procurement
practices in 2014/2015 it would have been the one in control of the federal
government at that time. Asiwaju never asked for, nor did he receive, anything
or any contract from Jonathan’s government.

“As incompetent as his administration was, even President
Jonathan would not have sat idly by while important electoral contracts were
being handed over to his most implacable political foe.

“As often happens with fiction concocted by amateurs, the
application of a little common sense causes the entire story to fall apart.

“Even the technological aspects of the report are
fantastical and unfounded. The whole thing simply makes no sense from a
technical point of view.

“The report only makes sense as part of a concerted effort
to attack Asiwaju. Why the PDP and their media boosters fear him so much, we
leave for them to answer. But it is odd that they expend so much time and
energy manufacturing falsehoods against someone whose name will not even appear
on any ballot.

“This story is simply another effort by those opposed to
President Buhari and the APC to justify their plans to distort the elections by
alleging that the APC government is illegitimate and was rigged into office.

“The only problem being that the facts do not support their
claims nor their rationale for cheating. These people are incurable. They do
not rig because they were once victimized by rigging. They rig because rigging
is not only in their blood, it is their blood.

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“Such errant nonsense has no place in our national
discourse. Sahara Reporters has descended to a new low. To publish such an
unfounded report is more than shoddy journalism, it is malicious. The
publication and its editors should be ashamed.”

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