- Bags of rice with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu's photos on them were distributed in some states in northern Nigeria
- Tinubu, a former Lagos state governor, says he has nothing to do with the distribution
- The APC national leader, however, acknowledged that his support groups might have done it as a mark of honour to him
Former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has denied distributing bags of rice in some states in northern Nigeria.
Tinubu made the clarification in a statement seen by Legit.ng and signed by his spokesman, Mr. Tunde Rahman.
Images depicting the face of Tinubu on bags of rice were recently being circulated on some social media platforms.
The bags were distributed to people as the holy month of Ramadan commenced this week globally.
Rahman noted that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not the one funding the initiative.
He, however, noted that several groups who identify with the former Lagos governor could have carried out the initiative as a show of support to Tinubu.
Part of the statement read:
“We have seen the images being circulated of bags of rice depicting Asiwaju’s face being distributed across parts of the north.
“I am not responsible for this initiative but l commend the efforts of the various volunteer groups responsible for this benign act of charity and love for one another, particularly in this Holy month of Ramadan.”
Some Nigerians have been commenting on Tinubu's latest revelation that he is not behind the distribution.
Henry Osehimolen wrote on Twitter:
“Frankly, in politics you may never know, even your rivals can undertake charity on your behalf if it puts your reputation to their advantage. As the 2023 elections draw closer, it would make sense to see all political maneuvers beyond face value. The game is not a linear sequence.”
Tracy Nnabuko wrote:
“I won't vote for you because, from the tune of your voice, you can never take responsibility for anything.”
Samuel Makin wrote:
“This is just a carbon copy of Buhari. They are not always behind of something or aware.”
Abass Olayinka Marvelous wrote:
“Can you imagine! You have implicitly ratified the act of "some groups." What happens to the principle of vicarious liability?”
Nwanyi Aba wrote:
“Asiwaju always denies. There was also a video warehouse with Jagaba rice, so it's the same group that organized it too. We know all these are for your presidential campaign.”
“This set of greedy and wicked old men embezzle the nation's wealth, make life miserable for its citizens. These old men created poverty so they can come back every eight years to share food and give 500 naira notes.”
Meanwhile, an Igbo-born lawmaker representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency II in the Lagos state House of Assembly, Honourable Jude Idimogu, has declared that the southeast is not ready to produce the next president because it remains divided politically.
Idimogu urged the zone to align with the centre before it can stand a chance to vie for the presidency.
He made the comment at a rally organised by the Abundance United Movement, a political group in support of Tinubu's 2023 presidential ambition.
In a related development, serving speakers and their predecessors from the northwest zone of Nigeria have declared their support for Tinubu as the successor to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Their declarations and promises were made weeks after a similar endorsement of Tinubu was carried out by their colleagues in the southwestern zone of Nigeria.
At a meeting held in Kano for the states in the northwestern zone on Friday, March 26, the lawmakers declared that Tinubu remains the right person for the presidential ticket of the APC at this time.