Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for president, fell asleep on Saturday 17, September 2022 at a meeting with Abubakar Shehu-Abubakar, the Emir of Gombe, which may further indicate the weakness of his health.
The main reason Tinubu came in Gombe was to attend the wedding of Misbahu Inuwa Yahaya, the Governor’s son.
Later, he made a quick visit to the Emir’s Palace for a political meeting and to pay respects, joined by prominent politicians such Senate President Ahmed Lawan and Federal Cabinet Secretary Boss Mustapha.
According to sources on the trip, Tinubu and his allies were at the palace to ask the supreme northern monarch for support in his bid for the presidency in 2023.
As the meeting got underway, Mr Tinubu was captured sleeping while Mr Lawan was holding the microphone addressing attendees at the emir’s living room.
It was not immediately clear why Mr Tinubu dozed off, but speculations are rife on social media about the development, with critics saying it marked another evidence of his weakness while his supporters said he was barely ‘meditating’.
A spokesman for Mr Tinubu’s campaign did not immediately return a request seeking comments about the matter, which comes as opposition intensifies claims that the ruling party’s presidential candidate has been battling serious health challenges.
Mr Tinubu, 70, has been seen making incoherent remarks or tripping over in public in recent months.
He has however dismissed public worries about his condition, saying that the job of president requires more intelligence than physical strength.