A viral photo of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) which suggested that he wetted his dress during a courtesy visit to the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo in Abeokuta, has been described as false, misleading and a desperate attempt to derail the presidential ambition of the frontline presidential hopeful.
In a statement on Sunday, the coalition said the viral photo was manipulated, noting that Tinubu is healthy and physically fit to be Nigeria’s President in 2023, contrary to claims by propagandists.
Recall that Asiwaju Tinubu had on Saturday visited some first class traditional rulers in Ogun State including the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo inform them of his presidential ambition and seek their support.
The controversial photo of Tinubu wet around his lower region surfaced on the social media shortly after the visit with some suggesting that he has a urinary challenge.
But Biodun Ajiboye, Tinubu’s Director of Media and Publicity described the claim as false.
The statement was titled, ‘Evildoers, destroyers of destiny are at it again’.
It partly read, “The success Asiwaju Tinubu recorded at these high-level visitations to top traditional rulers had again led enemies of progress, the brewers of hate, discord and disharmony to script a dirty tale to discredit this awesome outing. This time it is that he wetted his dress!
“Assuming without conceding that is the case, so is it the back of his knees that would be wet and not the bum area? So if he wetted his babariga, he would not cover it and would still move to be flat to greet the Awujale of Ijebuland in the full glare of everyone present? It was the usual photoshop manipulations and shallow mental agility that pushed them to dispense a feeble narrative that made no iota of sense.
“Yet as their video showed, it was after their wetting incident that he went ahead and prostrated to Kabiyesi.
“This is another distraction, no amount of distractions or attempts to discredit Asiwaju will work to remove the wall from his political wind.
“Asiwaju Tinubu has declared his interest in the presidential race. He has his legs on the throttle. There is no going back.
“We appeal to Nigerians to ignore the evil-minded machinations and assure Nigerians that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is healthy and strong enough to undertake the responsibilities involved in the expected rigours of campaigns and politicking when the time comes.”
Tinubu had stayed in the United Kingdom for over three months in 2021 when he underwent surgery and therapy for knee injury.
He, however, returned to the country in October of the same year and travelled to some parts of the country to meet political juggernauts and stakeholders ahead of next election.