Tinubu meets with class of 1999 governors at Aso Villa

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Wednesday, met with the class of Governors he served alongside in 1999.

The meeting held at the council chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The ex-governors said they paid a courtesy visit to Tinubu, who was the governor of Lagos State from May 1999 to 2007, to express solidarity over his recent policies since assumption of office as president on May 29, 2023.

Among the former Governors in attendance were Obong Victor Attah (Akwa Ibom), James Ibori (Delta), Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia), Donald Duke (Cross River), Adamu Mu’azu (Bauchi), Sam Egwu (Ebonyi), Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu), Lucky Igbinedion (Edo), Jolly Nyame (Taraba), Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto), Joshua Dariye (Plateau), Bisi Akande (Osun), among others.

They make up the governors that started the Fourth Republic after the death of the late Gen Sani Abacha and the subsequent brief takeover by Gen Abdusalami Abubakar that led to the transition to democracy in 1999.

Meanwhile, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC) recently said it has no files incriminating President Bola Tinubu and his close aides in any of its offices across the country.

The commission was reacting to recent media reports suggesting that files implicating the president and and his close associates were carted away from its office by the Department of State Service (DSS).

In a statement released on Saturday, ICPC’s spokesman, Azuka Ogugua urged the public to disregard the reports which the commission described as unfounded, false, baseless, and mere propaganda.

The commission expressed concern over the non-adherence to journalistic ethics and called on the media not to allow their platforms to be exploited for spreading subversive and misleading reports. The anti-graft agency also urged the public to rely on credible and verified information from official sources.

The statement read; The attention of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has been drawn to a spurious news report by an online media, titled “Secret Police, DSS Carts Away Files Implicating President Buhari, Close Aides from ICPC, CCB.

The Commission hereby refutes the report and states unequivocally that there were no files implicating President Tinubu or close aides at its headquarters or offices across the states. Therefore, the alleged carting away of such imaginary files is unfounded and should be disregarded by the public.

While the Commission does not dispute the role of the media to inform the public, it is deeply disturbed by irresponsible practice and non-adherence to the tenets of the journalism profession by some media outlets.