Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has denied meeting Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike in France.
Tunde Rahman, Tinubu’s media aide said reports of any meeting with his principal and Wike is false.
His reaction comes amid reports that Tinubu held a meeting with Wike, governor of Rivers, in France.
Joe Igbokwe, a chieftain of the APC, was also quoted as saying the Rivers governor had gone to France to meet the APC presidential candidate.
However, speaking on the alleged meeting between Tinubu — who travelled to France earlier in the week for important meetings — and Wike in a statement on Friday, Rahman described the development as fake news.
“We have seen a viral social media post made by one of the chieftains of All Progressives Congress in Lagos State and media reports emanating from same about a supposed meeting in France between APC Presidential Standard-bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State,” the statement reads.
“It has become imperative to set the record straight. Although Asiwaju Tinubu is presently in France, he didn’t have any meeting with Governor Wike whether in that country or anywhere whatsoever.
“This, however, does not detract from the fact that the APC presidential candidate holds Governor Wike in high esteem. And given the national and across-party lines appeal of Asiwaju Tinubu’s candidature, he will not hesitate to meet any important national leader when desirable.
“As made public earlier, Asiwaju Tinubu is in France for some important engagements. He will return to the country shortly.
“We would like, once again, to advise journalists to always cross-check their information with appropriate officers before rushing to press to avoid unintended errors.”