By Miftaudeen Raji
The Director of Strategic Communication of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Dele Alake has defended the source of wealth of the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying he has known Tinubu to be wealthy before politics.
Alake, who made this assertion in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, noted that Tinubu has been trading in stocks over the years to build his wealth.
He attributed the source of Tinubu’s wealth to investment in the stocks of blue chip companies.
Alake said, “He made his money well before he got into office. I think what is important to Nigerians, really, is to know that this man was not a pauper before he came into office, like some others.”
Alake, however did not disclose whether or not Tinubu owns or has investments in any company in Nigeria.
He said, “What is my business about the company that he owns in Nigeria? If tomorrow you become like Bola Ahmed Tinubu, why should I be bothering about the companies you own as long as it is not proved that you have taken the money of your state or whatever company you work for?
“It is not proven and you are not indicted in any court of law. Why should I now be bothering my head?
“It is an extraneous issue and, like I always say, pandering to the whims and caprices of those who are jealous and extremely envious and suffering from OCH, obsessive-compulsive hatred, of Asiwaju,” said.