… He paid $5000 for the invite …
- From African Examiner -
Fresh facts have emerged that Leader of the Action Congress of
Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, paid $5000 to obtain the generic invitation
from the Democratic Party campaign office, but claimed he was
personally invited to attend by President Barack Obama as leader
of Nigeria opposition.
Obama, it has been revealed, did not personally extend what has
been dubbed by Tinubu “a gold card invitation” to him to attend
the Democratic party convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
contrary to claims by him and his aides.
This is not the first time Tinubu has been enmeshed in controversy
bothering on false claims. The controversy surrounding his
academic qualifications, his claim of being a Certified Public
Accountant, and discrepancy in his age records are still fresh in
According to investigations by reporters of a United States based
online medium, Sharpedgenews.com, the invite received by
Tinubu was a generic kind sent out to donors by the campaign
The medium which is attending the convention, also revealed that
the DNC denied ever inviting Tinubu on any official capacity as the
“ leader of opposition” in Nigeria
The media team of Tinubu had claimed that he was invited to
the Democratic National Convention in his right as the leader of
the opposition in Nigeria.
According to his media aide Sunday Dare “ Tinubu will be at the
ring side as the Democratic Party conduct activities that will
culminate in the nomination of President Barrack Obama as its
candidate for the November 2012 Presidential elections in the
“Tinubu receives a gold card invitation which is prime and with this,
he will be joined by three other eminent personalities – Governor
Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, Speaker Lagos state House of
Assembly Adeyemi Ikuforiji and former Commissioner for
Information and Strategy in Lagos state, Mr Dele Alake.” His
DNC sources irked by the suggestive news reports which is being
interpreted that Barack Obama may have extended a preferential
invitation to Mr. Tinubu in spite of similar politicians in his native
country of Nigeria, said that such notion was further from reality as
was claimed by the ACN leader
The DNC source explained that the invite that was given to Tinubu
was a generic type that similarly went to whoever donated more
than $5,000 to the Obama campaign.
“The invitation card sent to Tinubu, the former senator from
Nigeria, was generic and it generally goes from the campaign
organization and not personally from President Obama,” the highly
placed source explained under condition of anonymity.
The source said that it would be difficult for anyone to implicate
Obama in attempts at foisting a preferred leadership on Nigeria or
Africa as that would negate the philosophy of Washington’s new
“Nigerians are capable of determining its destiny,” said the source.
The source said that politicians are free to strategize, while
explaining that “it is immoral to deceive anyone that we are who we
“This gentleman is not like your popular national icon,
businessman Moshood Abiola, who was well-grounded and at
home with many people in government and private sector.
Americans don’t want to be dragged into the affairs of any country
through personal preferences. The man probably did what he had
to do in order to gain access to the convention ground.” The