•How They Plan To Go About It
There is a fresh plot right now to stop and rubbish the chances of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate, by a group of people who want the statusquo to continue.
City People can reveal that this grand plot is to stop him at all cost, by not even letting him run. This is because of the fear that, if he runs he would most likely win the elections with a landslide victory.
City People has learnt that there is a powerful group of people, mainly from the Fulani stock, who prefer that power should remain in the North and another of their kinsmen continues from where President Muhammadu Buhari stops in 2023. Going by their predisposition and worldview, if the APC can’t provide that option, the PDD should and that is why they are ready to cut a deal with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP who has now become their preferred choice, as a Northern candidate.
Why members of the CABAL (as they are called) are afraid is because of their agelong fear of power shifting to the South West zone of the country. Insiders up North have revealed that they would prefer for power to remain in the North for another 8 years (making 16 straight years) of Northern rule. An insider revealed that it was perhaps this position that made Atiku insist on becoming the PDP candidate months back when the party had it’s primaries.
The plot then by the Cabal was for the North to take over the presidential slots of the 2 major political parties-the APC and the PDP, so that either way, the election results will favour the North. In Atiku’s own case, he got the chairmanship of PDP to go to the North (Ayu) and also fought tooth and nail to be the PDP presidential candidate. It was that move that has created the big problem he is currently facing in the party with the WIKE group.
But that plot didn’t work out in APC. The attempt to foist a Northern Chairman and presidential candidate was rebuffed by APC Northern governors and it failed. It was the deft political moves of the likes of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu & Co that spoilt that move. What eventually happened revealed another insider was the decision of the APC members from the South to allow Pres. Buhari pick Senator Adamu as National Chairman, while the APC presaidential ticket was reluctantly conceded to the South and Tinubu emerged as winner and their favoured candidate Senate President, Lawan’s last minute plan failed.
City People can authoritatively reveal that once Tinubu emerged, the cabal resorted to their Plan B, to use Atiku as their choice candidate. This was what Gov. Wike referred to in his 1st major Live interview with the Media in Port Harcourt when he alleged that part of what made Atiku insist on running for Presidency against the groundswell of opinion that it won’t be appropriate for another Northerner to replace a Northerner, was because Atiku had been assured by his friends in the Presidency.
When he was asked by a journalist whether he meant Mr. President, he said he was not referring to the President, but those in the corridors of power, in the seat of power.
Interestingly till date, despite the challenges he is facing with the G5, there are those who still insist that Atiku is still the choice of this group from the North.
But members of the Asiwaju Group told City People in confidence that they are quite aware of the plot and that they are working day and night to dismantle the gang up to make Atiku take over from Buhari in 2023.
Revealed an insider, part of the grand plot against Tinubu is to keep rubbishing his image and reputation with all sorts of spurious and damaging allegations already drawn up to stop him in his tracks.
City People gathered that the group has designed 5 major allegations to throw at him and many of these keep rearing their heads as the preparations for the 2023 elections gears up.
First, is the issue of Age. The plot is to keep alleging that Tinubu falsified his age, despite the exhaustive explanations given by the handlers of Tinubu, some of his critics keep insisting that he falsified his age when documentary evidence have shown this to be untrue.
2nd, is the issue of his academic credentials. This old allegations keeps rearing its head at every turn, despite all the explanations and evidence shown of his academic profile.
3rd is the new issue of alleged indictment of Tinubu in the US by the US authorities, which came up last week. Tinubu’s aides have come out to give what they describe as the True Story. Festus Keyamo came on Channels TV to explain everything, line by line and revealed that the issue has been in public domain for the past 20 years.
Part of the plot is to keep engaging Asiwaju Tinubu at every point, especially now that he seems to have become the presidential candidate to beat.
There are those who are also alleging that the widespread attack and wanton vandalisation of some of INEC offices across the country is part of the grand plot to stop Tinubu from emerging victorious at the polls. How is that so? The allegation is that if they cannot stop Tinubu from contesting and winning, they can as well engineer the indefinite postponement of the elections when collateral damage is done to the process. The old issue of the US case, those behind it believe that they can force INEC and Statutory institutions to demand for Asiwaju’s trial or indictment as the case may be.
Some of Tinubu’s opponents took to social media to give the case their own meanings. Part of it is their claim that Tinubu was indicted in the case. But a US Criminal Defence Attorney recently threw more light on the issue of Indictment & Conviction.
Being indicted means you are formally accused of committing a crime. This does not mean you are Guilty of a crime or you immediately go to jail. This is simply part of the process of criminal prosecution. If you have been indicted, it means a grand jury has probable cause to believe that you have committed some sort of crime, typically a felony.
An indictment is a “formal accusation of a criminal offense.” A draft indictment presented by the prosecutor (though the grand jury has the final word) lists the details of the crime and any charges the prosecution is pursuing. Only grand juries can indict someone in a criminal case. Grand juries are presented evidence to determine whether or not the criminal case can proceed with the evidence gathered. If the grand jury decides to indict, formal charges are brought against the defendant.
INDICTED VS. ARRESTED
Indictments can happen before or after an arrest. If members of law enforcement witness you committing a crime, they can arrest you and begin an investigation. If you are only suspected of committing a crime but there is no concrete evidence, the prosecution may present evidence to a grand jury and seek an indictment and arrest warrant.
INDICTED VS CONVICTED
An indictment does not mean a person is Guilty of the accused crime. The conviction usually happens at the end of the case, while an indictment signals the beginning of a criminal case. An indictment can happen before a suspect even knows they’re being accused of a crime, but a conviction happens after a guilty plea, or a defendant is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury of their peers.
DOES INDICTMENT MEAN JAIL TIME?
Being indicted does not mean you are sentenced to prison. An indictment does not mean the prosecution has concrete evidence against you; it means they have convinced a grand jury that there is enough evidence to pursue a criminal case against you.
According to an APC Chieftain and Tinubu loyalist, Chief Biodun Sowunmi, “from the post above, It is clear that the assertion that Indictment is Conviction is false.
“You can only be convicted in the USA after a Trial and judicial pronouncement of guilt.”
“The objective of those claiming that indictment is equivalent to conviction in the United States is to give filip to a hopeless pursuit of a legally worthless cause on behalf of their principals and to boost their faltering presidential bids”.
“Tinubu was never convicted in the USA on any drug related charges. References to people in indictment charges filed before the Courts is not equivalent to a judicial pronouncement of Guilt after trial.”
“I ask will the fact that a former staff of Next, a company owned by Peter Obi, alleged in a Malaysian Court proceedings that Obi was the drug baron that sponsored her drug smuggling be a proof of conviction in law?
I ask, why apply a different judgment to Tinubu? Is this not a sign of desperation, expression of frustration, and an attempt to smear Asiwaju Tinubu with a view to terminate his Presidential bid?
“These false allegation and bizarre distortion of facts are damaging to how we are perceived as a people and our country.”
“Let Asiwaju be and let those destined to lose focus on their faltering presidential bids,” says Biodun Sowunmi.
“There is only one way to determine Conviction globally. It is a judicial pronouncement of Guilt.
In drug cases, if the US government had a solid case, bearing in mind the burden of proof is beyond reasonable doubt, they will never have settled for plea bargain without trial.”
“In serious cases of allegations of drugs, the government plea bargain agreement are usually presented to the judge for consideration before sentencing,” he concludes.