The national leader of the ruling Congress of All Progressives, Asiwaju Bol, Ahmed Tinubu, has denied the distribution of bags of rice in some states in the northern part of the country.
This is contained in a statement sent to SaharaReporters by his media assistant Tunde Rahman from Lagos.
SaharaReporters previously reported that bags of Tinubu-labeled rice were distributed to Kano residents.
There has been speculation that the initiative was funded by the former governor of the state of Lagos or people who were loyal to him.
In several photos and videos of the tour, residents were seen with bags of rice labeled “JAGABA – Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”
Instagram user @mansurah_isah of the Today’s Life Foundation posted pictures of the event with a caption in which he appreciates Tinubu’s food base.
However, Tinubu said he was not responsible for the initiative.
“We saw images of rice bags circling depicting the face of Asiwaju arranged in parts of the north,” Tinubu said.
However, he praised the efforts of various groups for their benevolence.
“I am not responsible for this initiative, but I commend the efforts of the various volunteer groups responsible for this benign act of mercy and love for one another, especially in this holy month of Ramadan.”
The development came amid claims that Tinubu nurtured presidential ambition before 2023, although he did not publicly confirm it.