By our reporter| The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Sunday denied withdrawing from the 2023 race.
The former Lagos state governor made the denial in a short video he posted while exercising on a treadmill to debunk rumours making the rounds over his health status.
“Many have said I have died; others claim I have withdrawn from the presidential campaign, he wrote.
“This is the reality: I am strong, I am healthy and I am READY to serve Nigerians from Day One.”
Tinubu on Treadmill
Tinubu came under criticism over his absence at last Thursday’s signing of the Peace Accord.
He was represented at the event by his running mate, Kashim Shettima, a former Governor of Borno state.
But the other major contenders for the country’s top job in the 2023 presidential election, Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were all present.
Concerns over Tinubu’s absence at public events in recent days were also raised after the inauguration of the APC presidential campaign council, which was earlier scheduled to hold on September 28, was postponed.
However, in a statement, Simon Lalong, the director-general of the Tinubu/Shettima presidential campaign council, said the activities have been shelved until a later time.
According to Lalong, the reason for the adjustment of the timetable for campaign activities was to give room to expand the list of members of the council.