Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) 2023 presidential candidate, has responded to Peter Obi, the standard-bearer for the Labour Party (LP), who said he was unhealthy and unqualified to run for the coming election.
In his answer, Tinubu chastised Obi for claiming that his (Tinubu’s) fans are just backing him because of his wealth, saying that he is healthy and strong.
This was said in a statement released on Tuesday by Bayo Onanuga, the APC Presidential Campaign Council’s director of media and publicity.
The statement partly read, “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 parlor 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 judgment call on.
“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 also want to educate Peter Obi and his horde of gullible followers that Tinubu’s millions of supporters countrywide are backing him not because of any pecuniary benefit. Asiwaju Tinubu supporters are rooting for him because of their strong belief in his demonstrable ability to provide progressive leadership for our country.
“They are supporting him because they believe in his capacity as a transformative leader, who once made a historic mark in Lagos State and is capable of replicating same in Nigeria.
“On this score alone, Tinubu is unmatched in the field by even the perennial presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. He is certainly not in the same league with the rabble-rousing Peter Obi by all leadership parameters,” the Presidential Campaign Council noted.
Onanuga warned Obi to “desist from politics of falsehood”, adding: “We advise him to canvass on issues and for once give his hollow campaign some credibility by refraining from telling lies.”