Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, a political associate of a national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has stated that it is untrue that Tinubu is sick.
He was reacting to statements credited to Plateau State’s Governor Solomon Lalong saying that Tinubu did not grace the mega rally of the party in Ondo state because of ill health.
Governor Lalong who is Chairman of the Ondo State Governorship Campaign was reported to have told reporters that “if a leader was not there and he said he was not there because of ill-health, we have prayed that God will heal him.”
Afikuyomi in a statement Tuesday described Lalong’s submissions on Tinubu as “carelessly disingenuous, patently false, grossly unfair and most embarrassing”.
Although he failed to divulge the real rationale behind Tinubu’s absence at the rally, Afikuyomi, who was a senator for the same eight year period Tinubu was governor of Lagos state, said: “I traveled to the United States of America with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to witness the recent U.S. elections. We traversed a number of cities together where we engaged with a number of Nigerians who are genuinely concerned about the state of affairs in our dear country.
“Jagaban was in a remarkable state of mental and physical wellness. When we ended our trip, I saw him off to the airport in Chicago from where he headed for Europe again. I still met with him in Europe thereafter”.
He further noted, that “In the likelihood that Jagaban Tinubu was ill”, Lalong would not be the first and only person to know, or who Tinubu would speak to, “by reason of relationship, proximity and trust”.
Asides Tinubu, former APC Interim Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande and three governors from the South-west – Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos) – were not at the rally.
By Joseph Emmanuel….
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