APC Campaign Council Says Tinubu is in Good Health

The All Progressives Congress APC Presidential Campaign Council has refuted rumors regarding Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s health, claiming that he is in good health and will not withdraw from the 2023 presidential election.

The Labour Party LP Presidential Candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, and his followers were singled out for criticism for funding a campaign of misinformation against Tinubu.

The council claimed that Obi is already preparing to have his own supporters masquerade as APC members and undertake a phony assassination attempt on his life.

Festus Keyamo SAN, the Council’s official spokesperson and director of media and public affairs, accused Obi of creating and disseminating “an offensive, hate-filled video” in which he claimed an ill-defined and nonexistent “Tinubu’s Group” had been spreading a Whatsapp message urging the Yoruba not to vote for him.

The LP Presidential Candidate, according to Mr. Emeka Obasi, Obi’s curt spokesperson, does not fabricate stuff.

“Peter Obi is not known for faking things unlike Keyamo’s principal”, Obasi stated.

In the same manner that the “Dubai strategy” employed by Mr. Obi’s “boss” failed in 2019, Keyamo, who is also the Minister of State for Labor and Employment, predicted that the LP candidate’s “US Strategy” would likewise fail in 2023.

On Tinubu’s health, the council said; “We also wish to use this medium to debunk the false and misleading posts on various social media handles of supporters of Mr Peter Obi that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is withdrawing from the race on health grounds.

“This is nothing but a figment of their warped imaginations. Our candidate is strong, healthy and fit enough for the coming campaigns. The opposition will hear loud and clear from him soon”.

Keyamo pointed out that Mr. Obi claimed the alleged message cautioned the Yoruba that voting for Peter Obi would mean supporting a seaport in the South/South and South/East.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this is a transcript of the so-called message as relayed by Mr Peter Obi:

‘Yoruba shine your eyes o, if you vote for Peter Obi, it is automatically voting for seaports in South-South and South East. The Igbos will stop coming to Lagos State to invest, rather they will go to Delta and Rivers States, they may even stop building houses in Lagos. It will affect a lot of Yorubas. Yoruba ro nu o.’

“Firstly, we vehemently deny the existence of any of such “Tinubu group” that made and circulated such a message. All groups supporting the APC Presidential Candidate and his running-mate have clear designations with well-known promoters. In addition, it is only messages released by the APC Presidential Campaign Council that are officially authorized and for which we take responsibility”, he stated.

The council tasked Mr. Obi with disclosing the identity(ies) and sources of the WhatsApp communication.

In order to portray himself as the victim of some sort of ethnic agenda, “whereas in actuality, he is the genuine agent provocateur of an ethnic agenda,” it was made clear that Mr. Obi had created the message and distributed the offending film himself.

“As the takeoff date for campaigns draw closer, Mr. Peter Obi has suddenly realised that Nigerians are beginning to burst his bubbles as his messages are bereft of ideas, depth and clear-cut solutions to our challenges. His messages are only full of false data and highfalutin jargons in what is clearly a disingenuous ruse to distract a scrutiny of his empty records as a Governor of Anambra State and nothing else. Hence his easy recourse to playing ethnic card and fanning the ember of hate”, the APC presidential campaign council stated.

“We have in on good authority that part of the ‘US Strategy’ (just like the failed ‘Dubai Strategy’ his former boss and himself adopted in 2019) was to return to the country and spread ethnic hatred amongst the voters and cause chaos, then pose as the victim. They have just kick-started that plot by orchestrating and circulating the said video.

“We find it utterly disgusting, demeaning and insulting to the sensitivities and sensibilities of Nigerians for a Presidential Candidate of the ilk of Peter Obi to make such a video parroting a spurious, unverified and sham message that has the potential of deepening our faultlines as a nation and further promoting ethnic tensions. This is completely unbecoming of a Presidential Candidate that hopes to unite this country. Again, we note that Mr Obi’s latest stunt is consistent with what is now widely perceived as his adoption of hate as a campaign strategy, having consistently failed to rein in his known and identifiable supporters, mostly domiciled on social media, threatening political opponents with violence and death.

“Moreover, here is a man known as a sectional irredentist, with public records showing him expelling Nigerians from a section of the country from Anambra State while he was Governor and has decidedly resorted to the ethnoreligious card in his activities and messaging thus far, now accusing his better off being an ethnic champion. What a supreme irony!”

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