Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, says Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), did not traffic drugs in the past.
Keyamo, who doubles as the spokesperson for the Tinubu-Shettima campaign, noted that the APC presidential candidate got into trouble with the address he used to open a bank account in the US.
“He, Asiwaju, went to open an account, the address by which he opened the account was already used by these people…investigated for narcotics,” Keyamo said.
On recent reports of the release of court documents on Tinubu’s alleged money laundering case, Keyamo said the former Lagos governor claimed ownership of ten bank accounts belonging to his other relatives.
Keyamo claimed that Tinubu did not forfeit any amount of money to the US government adding the funds deducted were tax on investments.
“The deposits he made there (in banks) are what bankers called investments; he kept the money there and he was getting interests. They (US government) said he had not paid tax on those interests. That is all and guess what? The banks are supposed to deduct the tax from source,” Keyamo said.
“Out of the 10 accounts, it was only one account – the one in Heritage Bank – that they took $460,000 as tax on interest that he benefited on the investment he made in those accounts.
“In fact, all the money in Heritage Bank was not taken; they took only $460,000 as tax,” said Keyamo recanted.
He accused the Peoples Democratic Party of “ducting old files” in a bid to implicate Tinubu ahead of the 2023 elections.