By Idris Ahmed
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State is in serious trouble over a statement credited to him that the national leader of the party, Tinubu was not at the rally due to ill-health. The South West All Progressives Congress governors who were absent at the APC Mega Gubernatorial rally in Akure, Ondo, had sent in their apologies.
However, Afikuyomi, a strong Tinubu’s ally refuted the claim by the Plateau State Governor that national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is hale and hearty
According to him, “It is therefore absolutely incorrect and most embarrassing for anyone to attempt to invent such a laughable reason for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s absence at the rally.”
Even more damning to Lalong’s credibility, it appears the lie was a purposeful attempt to hide the disunity in the party.
“I travelled to the United States of America with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to witness the recent US 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 revealed.
The fact that somebody went for medical check-up does not mean he is ill. In the likely event that Asiwaju, like all mortals, was ill at all, I doubt if Mr. Lalong would be the first to know by reason of relationship, proximity and trust.
“Prominent politicians like Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun have been speaking with Jagaban Tinubu. Governor Amosun particularly communicated with him a day before the Ondo rally and he can never claim not to have spoken with him. I have also remained in constant touch with Asiwaju Tinubu since my arrival in Nigeria. We speak daily as a matter of fact.
“I have been inundated with calls by friends, associates and other well-meaning Nigerians trying to ascertain the veracity of this ludicrous claim. I hereby ask all friends and lovers of Asiwaju Tinubu to dismiss the claim and know that he is hale and hearty, he concluded.