The campaign council of the All Progressive Congress (APC) says its candidate, Bola Tinubu, a former Lagos governor, is healthy enough to discharge presidential duties.
The council stated this in a statement on Tuesday while responding to the assertion of Peter Obi, Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, who said in a viral video clip that his rival was not physically fit for the position he seeks.
Responding in the statement by one of its spokespersons, Bayo Onanuga, the former Anambra governor was described as an incurable liar.
“We find these statements unbecoming of a man who nurses the ambition to be Nigeria’s next president,” the statement reads.
“Since he is not Asiwaju’s doctor and is not privy to his medical record, Obi, the poor philosophy graduate, 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 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.”
The council also responded to the allegation that supporters of the APC candidate where doing so because of monetary benefits. It also denied that Mr Tinubu urged Yoruba voters not to vote for the LP candidate.
“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.
“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 a new ground, spreading lies with unfounded claims on Asiwaju Tinubu’s health,” the statement added.