Director Media and Publicity, All Progressives Congress, (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga, says that contrary to speculations, its flagbearer, Bola Ahmed Tinubu is hale and hearty.
He made the statement in reaction to a claim by the presidential candidate of Labour Party Peter Obi, that the APC candidate is not fit to rule the country.
But in a statement in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, Onanuga described the former Lagos state governor as a Trojan horse, who works assiduously for 20 hours daily.
This also comes after Obi, a former governor of Anambra State also subtly knocked the APC presidential candidate at LP’s retreat on Monday when he charged Nigerians to elect a leader they trust against and not one who sees the presidency as his turn to rule.
He said; “Next year’s elections will not be based on ethnicity. It will not be by turn, it is nobody’s turn. It must not be by connection. The election next year must be based on character and trust; it must be based on competence.”
But the statement by APC’s Presidential Campaign Council on Tuesday described Obi as an ‘incurable liar.’
Onanuga urged Nigerians to ask if the Labour Party presidential candidate has bagged a medical certificate for him to declare Tinubu as unwell for the presidency.
The statement reads in part; “We want to make it crystal clear to all the traducers of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate that Asiwaju Tinubu is not ill. He is hale and hearty. A man who works for 20 hours a day, meeting people and strategising about finding solutions to Nigeria’s problems, cannot be said to be ill. We make bold to say that our candidate is as fit as the fiddle.
“We find these statements unbecoming of a man who nurses the ambition to be Nigeria’s next President. Since he is not Asiwaju’s doctor and is not privy to his medical record, Obi has again disgracefully elevated what has for long been a beer parlour gossip and social media lie being propagated by his IPOB supporters. Obi in his characteristic manner is amplifying falsehood which should not have a place in a decent political campaign.
“We believe that political leaders should be guided in their utterances and be sticklers for the truth, but Obi has thrown all caution to the wind, pronouncing on issues he has no moral and professional competence to make a judgement call on.
“The supporters are supporting him (Tinubu) because they believe in his capacity as a transformative leader, who once made a historic mark in Lagos State and is capable of replicating the same in Nigeria.
“Coming so soon after his gaffe and falsehood in accusing Tinubu of mobilising Yoruba voters not to support him, Obi is coming across as a dangerous politician and a demagogue capable of spewing all manners of lies just to get the votes.
“Already discredited with statistical lies and fallacies, Obi is now treading new ground, spreading lies with unfounded claims on Asiwaju Tinubu’s health.
“A politician who left no worthy legacy in eight years as governor of Anambra state, who instead built his own family ‘Next Cash and Carry’ retail mall in Port Harcourt and Abuja not in Awka, the capital of the state he governed, is latching on lies after lies to hoodwink his motley crowd of impressionistic and gullible followers.
“We must warn Peter Obi to desist from politics of falsehood. We advise him to canvass on issues and for once give his hollow campaign some credibility by refraining from telling lies”.
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