Bola Tinubu’s legal troubles with the U.S. government, which forced him to forfeit $460,000 in illicit gains from cocaine deals to the American government in 1993.
Have been published by UBerFacts, a reputable facts-promoting platform, and have angered supporters of Nigeria’s incoming president on Twitter.
“In 1993, Bola Ahmed Tinubu surrendered $460,000 to the US government after a Chicago court found the income came from heroin trafficking.”
iexclusivenews reports that UberFacts shared it with its 13.5 million global audiences at midnight on Sunday.
The platform attached an article from Peoples Gazette that detailed Mr. Tinubu’s criminal run-in with the foreign authorities.
High-ranking members of Mr. Tinubu’s campaign team have reportedly been deliberating how to best respond to and counter the post while lower-level supporters are hurling abuse at UberFacts’ Twitter account to mock and discredit the website.
The situation, which shot to the top of the Twitter trending list, has infuriated Mr. Tinubu’s team.
The usual suspects -Bayo Onanuga, Festus Keyamo, Femi Fani-Kayode, Dele Alake- who are quick to jump against the slightest criticism against their principal have all so far kept studied silence.
Likely strategizing to counter UberFacts as they did when Chimamanda Adichie, celebrated Nigerian author, asked the U.S. president Joe Biden not to congratulate Mr. Tinubu on his questionable election victory last week.
“@uberfacts is @uberlies,” tweeted @KemPatriot, an APC loyalist. “If you have ever relied on @UberFacts for facts, it’s time to unfollow them, they are a pay-per-post organization, that posts lies for the (sic) highest bidder.”
Another supporter of the incoming president claimed UberFacts was a propaganda website.
“We know the mandators and propagandists that convulse on mendacious innuendoes. They are free to bring the same evidence to the court. Make I take Uber to go check inauguration venue again self, @AdeHardemola quipped. “Awa ti se order lati ana.”
@Zdenowo claimed the platform published Mr. Tinubu’s drug case to gain relevance online.
“They know their audience. They needed the attention of the headless mob to revive their already dead page. I didn’t even bother reading the story because I know their game plan. Yeye people,” they tweeted.
“Yeye people” means unserious people in the Yoruba language.
Mr. Tinubu maintains he has no criminal history even though certified true copies of his money forfeiture are already in the public domain.
He made this claim last year when he registered to run for president with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The president-elect avoided discussing his troubling criminal past throughout his campaign. And those who brought it up were mocked by the president-supporters. elect’s
“Nonsense. That is my reaction,” Mr. Onanuga told The Gazette Monday. afternoon.
“They keep recycling this matter. Who is Uber! Who is Uber! Please don’t spoil my day,” he stressed as he dismissed the matter.
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