Why Tinubu delegated questions at Chatham House – Alake

Our reporter/ Following criticisms that has trailed the decision of Bola Tinubu to delegate questions directed at him during Monday’s appearance at Chatham House, the director of strategic communication of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council, Dele Alake, has explained why the APC flag bearer took the decision.

At the Chatham House, Tinubu spoke about his action plan for Nigeria and addressed questions on the controversy concerning his age and refusal to attend debates but
asked some persons on his team, including Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, and others to answer questions on his behalf.

Tinubu’s action has, however, elicited reactions on social media with many Nigerians questioning his fitness to serve.

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However, Alake, in an interview with Channels Television on Monday evening, said delegating questions to team members is “one of the innovations” of Tinubu.

“This is one of the innovations of asiwaju Tinubu. Don’t forget that one of his main solid strengths has been identifying talents,” he said.

“Anybody who has his head properly screwed on his head would know that Asiwaju is the primus inter pares in team building; that is what he sought to display.

“Everybody acknowledges his talents in showcasing professional and technocratic experts in various fields. Those who are saying what you have just said are ignorant of the nuances and dynamics of leadership. Leadership is not a one-man show.

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“Successful leadership is one based on a team that is professional and highly skilled. Asiwaju has been noted to be an advocate of that and that is what he displayed.

“Apart from delegating, he also answered questions personally and directly. He wanted to show the calibre of his team and that is what he equally did at the Eko Hotel town hall meeting.

“That style is being copied by some of his opponents but they can’t get the traction because they don’t have the solid team like he has.”

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