Former Lagos State Governor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu said yesterday he is not perturbed by his scheduled appearance tomorrow before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Tinubu has been summoned by the Tribunal to appear for allegedly keeping foreign accounts while in office.
Speaking at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on his arrival from a foreign trip, he described his summon by the Tribunal as “politically-motivated” and “ill-timed.”
According to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) national leader, it is an attempt to silence him as the leader of the largest opposition party.
But, according to him, he is no stranger to political persecution, having been slammed with a treason charge during the regime of the late Gen. Sani Abacha.
Tinubu urged the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which he accused of being behind his invitation by the Tribunal, to learn from the revolutions in the Middle East, including Libya, where the 41-year regime of Col. Muammar Gaddafi has fallen.
The former Lagos State Governor said: “I can just tell you that nothing will intimidate me as a leader of the opposition in Nigeria. I believe wholeheartedly in the tenets of constitutional democracy and the rule of law. And as a politician, I’m used to being persecuted or tried. There was this experience of the treasonable felony hanged on me during the Abacha era; when they hanged a life sentence on me. After all, it is democracy in a very dangerous environment.
“But they cannot induce any charge to silence the opposition in this country. The question of the rule of law, the question of dividing the judiciary, the question of the ruling party orchestrating allegations to silence the opposition party, and the urge to continue to rule without obeying the rule does not bother me. We have seen the end of the Gaddafi authoritarian rule.
“We have seen the level that the ruling party will go to destabilise the opposition through the Code of Conduct Bureau. This is clear to everybody. How come the ruling party could not find anything to hold on to after many years since I left office? For the ruling party, it is a good time to lynch the opposition.
“It is the same ruling party that is orchestrating various charges against the judiciary to destabilise it. I am not worried about all that. “
Tinubu said though the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is probing the activities of the Lagos State House of Assembly, he is convinced that Speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji is an honest man.
He said: “The matter is under investigation and it is in court. We have confidence that the speaker is not a fraudulent person. People have a right to petition. Now, the speaker and I are facing all sorts of allegations. We know what is coming for the opposition and we are ready for them. Coming at this time, we are prepared.
“I think they are all politically motivated. The noise about it is political. It is politics.com. It is tyranny of dead ideas. They have done it before; it was inherited from their founding fathers.
“The same political foot steps; the same political action. I’m going to face them. I’m happy to be back home.”
On who the founding fathers are, Tinubu said: “You know them, if you do not know, that is a riddle for you.”