Tension In APC Camp Over Tinubu’s Absence
A yet to be confirmed source revealed that the continued absence of President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has allegedly caused tension in the camp of the President-elect barely a month after the presidential election.
Tinubu who marked his 71st birthday anniversary Wednesday, March 29, which is usually celebrated with a lecture series under the auspices of the Bola Tinubu Colloquium but the whereabouts and health condition of the President-elect have continued to generate ripples within his political circle.
Tinubu’s spokesperson, Tunde Rahman, had announced on Monday “that the president-elect had directed that prayers should be offered across Lagos in celebration of his 71st birthday anniversary” instead of the annual ritual of the crowd-pulling colloquium.
Recall that Tinubu’s media team had disclosed that the former Lagos State governor travelled overseas for vacation and subsequently Lesser Hajj in Saudia Arabia.
Sources within the ruling APC have allegedly revealed to Leadership Newspaper that Tinubu’s trip outside the country and tales of his failing health condition “are already getting many leaders of the party nervous.”
“Look at the way he left the country secretly. He was already out of the country before his spokesman released the press statement about the trip. No airport photos showing his departure and arrival at his destination. It’s strange for a President-elect of a country like Nigeria,” one source told the publication.
In both the ruling APC and the opposition parties, there were growing concerns among political leaders on the prospects of Tinubu being inaugurated as President on May 29, when the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to hand over.
The publication also revealed that sources said the development is beginning to allegedly brew a cold war between the incoming First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, and the incoming Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima, though this cannot be ascertained as at the time of filling this report.
However, news emanating from the party told us the President-elect travelled for lesser hajj and would also visit other places for consultations ahead May 29 inauguration.