Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) may have a hard time adjusting to the rigours of office, if he eventually succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari.
This is the position of sources in the camp of the APC who witnessed the arrival of Tinubu to the party’s National Secretariat today, Wednesday September 7, 2022.
Tinubu arrived at the APC National Secretariat at Blantyre Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja around 3pm. He was received by the National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu alongside other party executives. Although details of the purpose of Tinubu’s visit to the party secretariat remains unclear; it is believed to be in furtherance of his ambition, especially with campaigns set to commence officially soon.
However, signs of the former Lagos State Governor’s frail physical condition came to the fore during his visit today.
Sources within the party told 1st News that Tinubu not only appeared frail; but staggered visibly while alighting from the car that conveyed him to the venue. In addition, he was said to have been subtly supported while making his way into the building.
”Although I am a party loyalist and the credentials of Tinubu are not in doubt; going by his time as governor of Lagos State, I can confirm, however; that many of us in the party are worried that the Jagaban may be taking on a job that he is no longer physically ready for.
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”The physical rigours of office especially for the Presidency is no mean feat and I daresay, Tinubu looks way past it.
”It was a struggle for him to alight from the car when he arrived at the National Secretariat earlier today. In fact, he staggered and had to be steadied by one of his aides. Also, the Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Abubakar Kyari had to surreptitiously hold on to him; as if they were conversing, while guiding him into the building,’’ the source told 1st News.
Tinubu is contesting the 2023 Presidential election as the standard-bearer of the APC. He emerged winner of the party primary held in June, defeating a strong cast of contenders including Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, among others.
He faces a keen battle in next year’s elections with Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); as well as the increasingly popular candidacy of Peter Obi of Labour Party.