Spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress’ campaign council – Festus Keyamo – said yesterday (Wednesday) he did not know the whereabouts or the current location of Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential flag-bearer.
This comes as he even dismissed speculations that the former Lagos governor travelled out of the country to seek medical assistance.
Keyamo made the comments when he appeared on Channels TV’s ‘Politics Today’ as a guest.
The junior labour minister said only mischief-makers are gravely concerned about Tinubu’s whereabouts, adding that nobody makes a fuss when the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party – Atiku Abubakar – travels to Dubai.
“Our candidate is not in the country currently and I don’t have any information on where he is,” Keyamo said. “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 of Tinubu, shared on social media, was done to prove a point, Keyamo said: “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.”