By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
After a video clip of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu speaking at a townhall meeting went viral, the official spokesperson for APC’s 2023 Presidential Council, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has claimed that what Nigerians heard from the former Lagos Governor was not a slurred speech.
Recall that on Thursday, the APC presidential hopeful appeared at a town hall meeting with private sector stakeholders in Imo State.
As Tinubu outlined his plans for Nigeria should he be elected, he was observably struggling to complete his sentence, instead muttering unintelligible words.
However, Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, took to his Twitter account early on Saturday to clarify that Tinubu, 70, was not struggling to pronounce anything but was merely making jest and did not make a gaffe as Nigerians who saw the clip had suspected.
According to the lawyer, the former Lagos Governor was merely demonstrating his sense of humour.
Sharing a clip of the event, Keyamo tweeted, “Listen to the sense of humour of @officialABAT. He says he prefers a proper town hall meeting to the gibberish his opponents say elsewhere. He practically demonstrates the gibberish they say by uttering those tongue-twisting words to show the nonsense his opponents say elsewhere.”
Many Nigerians have since reacted with disbelief at the information, insisting that Tinubu, who has been accused of being unfit to rule, had made a blunder and not a joke as Keyamo was suggesting.
— PeterObi for president💭 (@charlesbillie15) November 18, 2022
To be honest, in your defense, what he said makes more sense than what you tweeted now.
— GRAYSALT🧬 (@owesley17) November 18, 2022
Festus, think carefully God forbid this will be your new job for 8years 😂😂😂 na Lmao https://t.co/Bkj64kBuaG
— stiches. (@i_amsochi) November 19, 2022
Spin, baba spin it. Everyday you lend credence to those that believe Lawyers are liars. https://t.co/wi1l1g3VyG
— Jerome Samson (@Gentlejerome) November 19, 2022
Recall that Tinubu, at his presidential campaign flag-off on Tuesday, partially—and unintentionally—called the name of the opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) during his charged exhortation.
PDP had, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, said the Presidential candidate’s flop was a “prophetic blessing” on the party.