It is very interesting because like clockwork, what many people predicted would happen before the politicking for the presidency in 2023 heats up has started happening. Many held the view that the EFCC would be used to prevent Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu from actualizing his ambition of running for the office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the 2023 general elections.
As reported by Peoples Gazette, the EFCC has started making moves to investigate him. See excerpts below
The EFCC has requested Bola Tinubu’s asset declaration documents from the Code of Conduct Bureau, Peoples Gazette can report, in a politically-charged inquiry that could see the former Lagos governor and ruling party chieftain arrested and prosecuted before 2023.
The anti-graft office in November 2020 asked the asset fraud investigation office to supply details of Mr. Tinubu’s asset documents as part of an ongoing probe of the politician, according to a copy of the request obtained by the Gazette. The request, dated November 6, was a follow-up to previous demands made with respect to Mr. Tinubu’s asset filings.
In the letter, the EFCC referred to its previous letter of September 4, 2020, and CCB’s response of October 9, 2020, asking the bureau to supply “outstanding requested information of Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu.” It was not immediately clear whether or not the CCB has obliged the EFCC’s request for additional information ever since, or the nature and scope of information provided if applicable.
Is this what many suspect it is? A way to stop Tinubu from contesting the 2023 general elections?
What are the chances of this investigation succeeding in stopping Tinubu from contesting, assuming he even had the intention of contesting
Is there any chance that this probe/investigation will not go the way his trial at the CCB in 2011 went (i.e. unsuccessful)?
Could this be something more than we think? Something more sinister?