Bayo Onanuga, the director of media and publicity of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the All Progressive Congress (APC), says the gaffe of its candidate, Bola Tinubu, in Kaduna on Saturday was a slip of tongue.
Mr Tinubu, at the seventh edition of KadInvest, an annual event organised by the Kaduna State Investment Promotion Agency, had commended Governor Nasir El-rufai for his “creativity and resiliency in turning a rotten situation into a bad one”.
Video clip of the gaffe began trending on social media with many opining that the APC flag bearer might be suffering from a mental condition that could have a negative impact on Nigerians if he is elected President next year.
In a statement on Sunday, Mr Onanuga described the remark as a slip of tongue which the audience at the event overlooked and paid rapt attention while Mr Tinubu continued his address.
“The APC leader inadvertently said Governor El-Rufai “turned a rotten situation” he met on ground in Kaduna into “a bad one” whereas he meant to say “to a great one,” he explained.
“It was a mere slip, that is not unusual in life, even among leaders of nations. We recognise we are in a political season where everything is latched on for deliberate distortion and twisted mischief,” the mouthpiece of the APCPCC added.