A trending picture of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu which has raised fresh concerns about his health status has been described as fake by his campaign team.
The Director, Media and Publicity, All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga, on Friday, clarified that the picture that went viral was doctored.
He made the clarification while speaking on Tinubu’s absence from the country amidst questions from Nigerians about the whereabouts of the former Lagos State Governor.
Naija News reports fresh questions had emerged about Tinubu’s health condition following the emergence of the picture online which coincided with his ‘disappearance’ from the public space.
However, Onanuga in a post via Facebook on Friday said all is well with the APC candidate. He added that Tinubu is in London and doing fine.
According to him, Tinubu only took a “short break” in preparation for the rigorous electioneering period ahead.
The post read, “Here is a fake photo of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu forwarded to me just now, another handiwork of purveyors of deep fake. Whoever is behind this malicious falsehood will face the judgment of God at the right time. The man in the photo does not look like Asiwaju, except for his baldness. The man is fatter. Tinubu is slimmer.
“Look at the frame of his glasses. it is certainly not Tinubu’s trademark frame. Let me assure Nigerians who genuinely want to know Tinubu’s whereabouts. He is in London, in his house.
“Tinubu left Nigeria on Saturday night for a short break and in readiness for what will certainly be a gruelling campaign. I saw him, and spoke with him two hours before he left. He was hale and hearty. He was not ill. He didn’t go to treat any ailment.
“We spoke today at about 2pm. And he told me how his one-week retreat has not made any difference. He was still working like in Nigeria. Today, he still burnt his candle till 4.30 a.m.. Nigerians should stop spreading rumours about Tinubu, who by the grace of God and fellow Nigerians, will be elected our leader next February. We should learn from the divine fate of the man who wished Tinubu dead.”
See the fake picture below: