Lalong to Tinubu: Speak Up On Your Ill-health

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has challenged national Leader of the All Progressives Party (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to speak out himself, to clear air on his ill-health rather than using a proxy.
This followed Tuesday’s denial by former Senator and an ally of the former Lagos State Governor, Tokunbo Afikuyomi, who dispelled Lalong’s insinuation that Tinubu did not attend the APC grand rally in Akure, which had President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, among other party chieftains in attendance because of his ill-health.
Afikuyomi explained in a statement that Lalong’s statement embarrassed the APC leader’s associates who travelled with him to the US, and later to Europe as Tinubu was in good health.
Lalong, during the Akure rally claimed Tinubu did not show up because he was ill, and travelled for medical check-up, a statement which the APC leader’s associate, Afikuyomi challenged as “incorrect.”
But the Governor, through his Media Adviser, Daniel Manjang, said on Thursday that Tinubu himself has not come out to prove otherwise that he did not show up to boost the campaign of the Ondo state APC governorship candidate, in Akure because of ill-health.
Tinubu’s absent at the campaign rally gave rise to the speculations that there was deep cracks in the party’s leadership over control of party structures in South-west, considering that Tinubu’s favourite aspirant, Segue Abraham, failed to emerge as APC governorship candidate in Ondo.
Tinubu on account of that had recently demanded the resignation of National Chairman of the party, Odigie-Oyegun, accusing him of manipulating delegate’s list to rig out his preferred aspirant.
Manjang said Tinubu speaking through a proxy created a “web” too difficult to entangle because we expected him to speak himself, to deny that he did not attend the rally because he was ill.
He said the Governor has some information that may not be privileged to Afikuyomi.
“The Governor has information that may not be privileged to him (Afikuyomi),” Manjang said, adding that “A proxy cannot be speaking for him (Tinubu).”

Author: News Editor

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