The Lagos State Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ayodele Adewale, has explained that the bullion vans seen driving into Bola Tinubu’s residence on the eve of the 2019 presidential election “missed” their “way there.”
The APC scribe while speaking during an interview on Arise TV on Thursday said the bullion van matter had been put to rest a long time ago.
“On the bullion van or no bullion van and all of that, I think that matter has been put to rest. There was no money in the bullion van. The bullion vans that even came missed their way to have come there.
“I was in that house on that very day and it was not on an election day. The bullion vans missed their way to have come there,” he said.
Defending the incident further, Adewale said, “There are some companies that have high (number of) staff (members); that pay their staff with cash; that bullion van missed its way there, and it was not invited by Asiwaju or anybody.”
Some pictures had gone viral on social media on the eve of the 2019 elections showing two bullion vans making their way into Tinubu’s premises in Lagos.
Meanwhile, Adewale’s position was at variance with the justification of the APC standard bearer in 2019. Tinubu had, while responding to those asking questions about the presence of bullion vans at his residence in Bourdillon, Ikoyi, said he could keep his money wherever he wanted.
Tinubu said this while fielding questions from journalists shortly after casting his vote in 2019.
He said, “Excuse me, is it my money or government money? I don’t work for the government. I am not in an agency of government and let anyone come out to say I have collected contract from the government of President Muhammadu Buhari or the APC in the last five years. They should prove it.
“I am on my own and I am committed to my party. So, even if I have money to spend on my premises, what is your headache? If I don’t represent any agency of government and I have money to spend, if I like, I give it to the people free of charge as long as it is not to buy votes.
“Who are those monitoring my house or bullion vans? They must be mischief makers because they report falsehoods. They are liars and idle.”
Defending this as well on Thursday, Ayodele noted that Tinubu was only joking about it.