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I can beg Tinubu to run my life; I believe in him: Akin Alabi

The federal lawmaker said he would go to the extent of pleading with Mr Tinubu to “run his life,” as a sign of how much he believes in him.

• July 4, 2022
Akin Alabi and Bola Tinubu
Akin Alabi and Bola Tinubu

House of Representatives member, Akin Alabi, says he believes in the competence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.

Mr Alabi had tweeted a poster campaigning for Mr Tinubu, which attracted comments from his followers on the microblogging platform.

A Twitter user, @idoreyin14, asked Mr Alabi, “With due respect sir. Party aside. Can you let Tinubu run your family affairs? If you weren’t in APC, would you gladly vote Tinubu?”

Responding, Mr Alabi said: “I can let Tinubu run my life. I will even beg him to run it. Shows how much I believe in him. Even if I was a member of Labour Party, I would still support him.”

Campaigning to build on President Muhammadu Buhari’s legacy, Mr Tinubu emerged presidential candidate for the APC in a party primary held in June.

Like Buhari, Mr Tinubu’s frail health remains a sticking point against his touted ambition to direct the affairs of Africa’s most populous nation.

Mr Tinubu’s frail health reminds Nigerian voters of Mr Buhari’s first term as president, during which time he spent many months outside the country attending to his health. 

The former Lagos governor will have to convince his critics and Nigerian electorates who do not appear ready to have another leader sick president, that he is capable and will pilot Nigeria’s gruelling affairs.

In February, Peoples Gazette did shine a spotlight on Mr Buhari’s health when a video revealing Mr Tinubu’s soaked behind was published. In the video, his security aide was seen covering his nose as if from a stench.

However, Mr Tinubu dismissed criticisms about his frail health, saying being Nigerian president is not grave digging that requires his physical strength.

Also, The Gazette had published a series of damning reports on Mr Tinubu’s corrupt enrichment via questionable Lagos tax administration via Alpha Beta. The newspaper also uncovered how Mr Tinubu’s Alpha Beta syphoned billions to shell companies. 

Already, there have been plots to indict Mr Tinubu for corruption. In March, The Gazette reported how the EFCC requested Mr Tinubu’s asset declaration documents from the Code of Conduct Bureau in an apparent move to establish infractions committed by him.

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