The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC),Bola Tinubu, has denied apologizing to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Bode George. George had alleged that Tinubu conspired with a judge to imprison him but later apologized during the burial of their mutual friend Abdul-Azeez Arisekola-Alao in June 2014.
Tinubu however said on Monday, April 28, 2015, via a statement by his media adviser, Sunday Dare, that he had nothing to do with the PDP chieftain’s imprisonment and as such had no reason to apologize.
The statement reads:
“Mr. George claims the alleged apology was made at the burial of Chief Alao-Arisekola. On that date, personalities such as Oba Otudeko and Governor Ajimobi approached me because I did not greet Mr. George initially.”
“They pleaded that, in the memory of the man we were all gathered to honour, I should greet Mr. George. At their request, I turned back and came to greet him by saying “Good Afternoon Egbon (senior).” That was all.”
“Mr. George seeks to imbue me with more power than I could possibly have. I am flattered but in all humility I must protest the false assessment. If he can remember, the government of the day was that of the PDP.”
“I have never had or sought much influence in those circles. He was charged by the government ruled by his own party for an offence concerning financial irregularities at the Nigeria Port Authority, an appointment he received from that same government.”
“It is an incredible tale indeed to state that somehow I could direct a party that tried to dismantle the progressive political structure of my party to bring down one of its key members.”
“The more plausible explanation for his legal tribulation was that a member of his own cabal blew the whistle on Mr. George’s antics for reasons that only he and that person truly know. The rest is now history.”
Tinubu also said that George’s imprisonment had nothing to do with politics so he couldn’t possibly have had a hand in it.