The spokesman for the Tinubu-Shettima Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, SAN, has said he doesn’t know the whereabouts of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Tinubu has been away in London for days now. However, speculations have it that his trip was for medical purpose.
Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Keyamo wondered why Tinubu’s absence from Nigeria was generating a buzz when his Peoples Democratic Party counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, and his trip to Dubai didn’t bother Nigerians.
He said, “Our candidate is not in the country currently and I don’t have any information on where he is.” I know he will be back in a couple of days but I don’t know the particular day.
“He is also not on a medical trip; I don’t have such information. It is not true that we have not started campaigns because the candidate is sick and is not around.”
When asked if the recent video was posted on social media to prove a point, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment responded that “As far as I am concerned it was done in real-time and posted on his Twitter handle. It is not to prove that he is alive, we are not trying to prove anything to anybody. Our candidate is not struggling to prove himself to anybody. People who are close to him know that he is an avid cyclist, he does that all the time, and it is his regular routine.”
“I think what we want to prove this period is to correct mischievous enquires by mischief makers. We want to prove that the tail doesn’t wag the dog, it is the dog that wags its tail.
“It is not every time you ask mischievous questions, we would be struggling to prove ourselves. We are not dancing to the tune of the opposition. We have our tune and music and we would do with it whatsoever we like. We are not going to be reacting all the time to what the opposition is doing with mischief.
“We are all aware that the Presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, travels to Dubai all the time, I don’t see any media intensity on what he is doing in Dubai. Whenever he travels, nobody remembers him until he comes back a week or two later. They know he is the candidate to beat and so the search light is on him and we are proud of that.”