The Igbo Elders Consultative Forum (IECF), says The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, is unwell and may die in Aso Rock if he emerges victorious in the 2023 presidential election.
In a statement issued Tuesday night, the chairman of IECF and former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, said that only those who were not well informed or had lost their sanity would vote for Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State.
“His principal, Jagaban Tinubu, is really not well. Only people who are not well informed, or have lost sanity, will vote for him to go and die in AsoRock,” Ezeife in the statement said.
Ezeife was responding to a recent media report that stated that the Igbo Elders Consultative Forum, which he chairs, had been severely divided about two weeks after his visit to APC vice presidential candidate Kashim Shettima.
Recall two weeks ago, Ezeife paid a visit to the APC’s vice presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima, sparking speculation that the IECF may have adopted the APC presidential ticket.
According to reports, the visit caused the IECF to splinter, although Ezeife claimed in a statement titled “Why I Went to Shettima” that the trip was not political but rather commercial in nature.
“Yes, I went, uninvited, to Shettima, I was accompanied by a Maiduguri-born and brought-up businessman of South-East extraction. Why? More than a year ago, a well-built young man came to my office in Abuja crying desperately. He talked like someone considering suicide! He told me that he was finished, that the clothes on him were the only property left for him. He inherited a hotel from his father and built two more hotels by himself. All three hotels and a warehouse were bulldozed by the Borno State government,” the statement by Ezeife further read.
“His other properties were also seized. He had helped the campaign efforts of the current Borno State Governor (Babagana Zulum). He also bought a bus for the campaign. He was directed to come and see me. I made efforts to see the Borno State governor but did not succeed.
“Recently, the young man rushed to my office and told me that Shettima, who handed it over to the current governor can influence him to listen to his (the businessman’s) case and do some justice. He told me that if I met Shettima and pleaded with him, the problem would be solved. He added that Shettima was in town (Abuja) that day.
“That if we went, we would meet him at his Abuja residence. As he saw it, my meeting with Shettima would end his frustration, suffering and threat to his life. I did not give it a second thought because the young man spoke from the depth of his heart. I jumped into the car with him and we headed to where he knew Shettima was.
“Shettima received me with great respect and did not keep me waiting too long before calling me in for discussion. I pleaded with Shettima to appeal to his successor for some justice to be done to the businessman.
“He listened carefully and I was amazed by his positive responses which included a commitment to help the businessman directly by himself if the Governor does not do enough. I was elated and I thanked him profusely,” the statement added.
Many political observers have deemed Tinubu unfit since they think the former Lagos governor is too old to run the nation’s affairs.
Members of the APC, however, have persisted in refuting allegations that Tinubu is ill.