Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s political associate, Tokunbo Afikuyomi, has denied claims of Tinubu’s ill-health, maintaining instead that he is hale and hearty.
In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, Afikuyomi denied claims by Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, that the the All Progressives Congress (APC) National leader was absent at the APC governorship rally in Ondo state on Saturday because of ill health.
Afikuyomi, a former senator, described Lalong’s claim as ‘absolutely incorrect’ and most embarrassing for anyone to attempt to invent such a laughable reason for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s absence at the rally.
He stressed that just because somebody went for medical check-up does not mean the person is ill, and in the likely event that Asiwaju, like all mortals, was at all ill, Afikuyomi says Mr. Lalong by reason of relationship, proximity and trust would not even be the first to know.
Afikuyomi adds that prominent politicians like Ogun State Governo,r Ibikunle Amosun have been speaking with Jagaban Tinubu and Governor Amosun particularly communicated with him a day before the Ondo rally. He maintained that Lalong can never claim not to have spoken with Tinubu.
Part of his statement reads;
“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.
“I have also remained in constant touch with Asiwaju Tinubu since my arrival in Nigeria. We speak daily as a matter of fact.”
Afikuyomi says he has been inundated with calls from friends, associates and other well-meaning Nigerians who are trying to ascertain the veracity of the ludicrous claim.
The former senator, therefore, called on all Asiwaju Tinubu’s friends and lovers to dismiss the claim because he is hale and hearty.