Following the unexpected absence of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in the signing of the peace pact on Thursday, new photographs which may indicate that he wears an inner device believed to be a ‘catheter bag’ to expel urine, has emerged online.
This new development further raising questions about his frail health status ahead of the 2023 General Elections.
A catheter is a device that collects urine into a drainage bag through an attached tube. It is typically used by people who cannot naturally pass urine.
The photo was released on Thursday afternoon by his media aide, Joe Igbokwe in a desperate bid to douse concerns over his recent trip to London, including his absence at today’s peace accord signing in Abuja, despite the importance of the occasion.
Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) were present at the event, where ABAT (Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu) was represented by his running-mate Kashim Shettima.
The picture which circulated on social media as a ‘proof of life’ showed Mr Tinubu meeting with the former interim chairman of the APC, Bisi Akande, and Najatu Muhammadu, a female chieftain of the party.
According to reports, ABAT had traveled to the United Kingdom last weekend, a few days before the APC released the party’s 422- member presidential campaign council (PCC).
However his sudden trip has also fuelled speculations of another medical trip, even as he claimed that he is “fit’ for marathon campaigns for the 2023 election.
Four medical doctors, including two surgeons were said to have informed certain group of newsmen from reputable media houses in Nigeria that the outline of the “urinary bag” was apparent in Mr Tinubu’s photo.
Since he joined the 2023 presidential race, Mr Tinubu’s ailment has been generating concerns among Nigerians, especially critics of his personality, who have queried his suitability to succeed incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari next year.
Asides the health status of Tinubu who had consistently made slurred and incoherent comments at public functions, the former Lagos governor has however, emphasized that it is “unnecessary” for him to be physically fit to rule Nigeria, stressing that he was seeking to be president because he has the necessary mental alertness to govern a diverse and developing nation like Nigeria.
“If you hear them saying, can I do it? I am not applying for the job of a grave digger; not race running, I am not a horse. I am not applying for bricklaying. I went to school to study accountancy and management. I am applying for a job of the brain; intelligent thinking; it is a job for someone who is ready to do things right,” Mr Tinubu had said when he visited the palace of the Ooni of Ife and Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, in Osun.
Spokespeople for Mr Tinubu’s campaign did not return requests seeking comments about the protruding object under their principal’s clothes in London.Follow us on social media