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The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has alerted Nigerians to surreptitious and dangerous moves to silence one of its leaders, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The party alleged that the plot was aimed at stopping the progressive train that is blazing its way through the South-west in particular and the nation in general.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the two-pronged plan being hatched by some agents of evil involved using the EFCC to intimidate and put away the undisputed champion of progressive politics as well as trying to compromise his security to expose his life to danger like the late Bola Ige.

It said the recent, justifiable reverses suffered by those who had arrested the nation's progress through their brand of politics, which involved massive vote rigging and perpetration of violence under the theme of 'do-or-die politics, had scared them into seeking unorthodox ways to stop the man who, through legal recourse instead of self help, was behind the successes.

'We are aware that President Goodluck Jonathan, who hitherto has resisted every pressure to use his office to influence the judiciary in favour of his party, has been under tremendous pressure to in turn put pressure on the EFCC Chairman to frame Asiwaju under spurious charges to put him out of circulation, thus empowering those who know they cannot win free and fair elections ahead of the 2011 polls.

'The proponents of this plan argue that former President Olusegun Obasanjo successfully used the EFCC to hound his perceived opponents and to ruin their chances just before the 2007 general election, thus paving the way for his party to have a field day in ruining the polls and awarding victories to those caught its fancy.

'If President Jonathan continues to allow himself to be guided by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which he has pledged to uphold and defend, then those putting pressure on him have also mapped out a fallback position under which they intend to infiltrate Asiwaju's security and expose his life to mortal danger,'' ACN said.

The party warned, however, that Nigerians were very discerning and would easily recognise when an innocent man is being framed for political reasons. 'The days of anarchy, when innocent people were slammed with spurious charges to satisfy the egotistic penchant of a megalomaniac, are gone,'' it said. On the attempt to compromise Asiwaju's security, ACN warned it would fail, especially now that such devilish plans had been exposed.

'The life of any human being, including Asiwaju's, is in the hands of God. As we have always warned, human life is so sacred that no one should do anything to take it. That has been and remains our stand,'' the party said.