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Tinubu Meets with UK Minister after Chatham House Debate

Tinubu Meets with UK Minister after Chatham House Debate | Daily Report Nigeria

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu met with the United Kingdom’s minister for Africa, Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office, Andrew Mitchell.

Tinubu’s closed-door meeting with Mitchell follows his debate at Chatham House in London on Monday.

The meeting between Tinubu and the minister was attended by some APC chieftains like Governor Nasir el-Rufai, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and former Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti.

Although details of the meeting were yet unknown as of press time, commenting on the meeting, Adamu Garba, an APC chieftain said on Twitter:

In his usual Team Spirit, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu met privately with the British minister for Africa, foreign and commonwealth development office.

“Fully kitted and ready with his team. Tinubu is the only kind of leader we can trust with Nigerian Presidential office come 2023.”

Meanwhile, Dele Alake, director of strategic communication of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council, has spoken on why Bola Tinubu delegated questions while giving an address at the Chatham House.

Tinubu spoke about his action plan for Nigeria and addressed questions on the controversy concerning his age and refusal to attend debate.

During the engagement, the APC presidential candidate asked some persons on his team, including Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, and Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, to answer questions on his behalf.

Tinubu’s action has, however, elicited reactions on social media as some Nigerians have questioned his decision to not answer all the questions himself.

Speaking in an interview with Channels Television, Alake said delegating questions to team members is “one of the innovations” of Tinubu.

He had said:

This is one of the innovations of asiwaju Tinubu. Don’t forget that one of his main solid strengths has been identifying talents.

Anybody who has his head properly screwed on his head would know that Asiwaju is the primus inter pares in team building; that is what he sought to display.

Everybody acknowledges his talents in showcasing professional and technocratic experts in various fields. Those who are saying what you have just said are ignorant of the nuances and dynamics of leadership. Leadership is not a one-man show.

“Successful leadership is one based on a team that is professional and highly skilled. Asiwaju has been noted to be an advocate of that and that is what he displayed.

“Apart from delegating, he also answered questions personally and directly. He wanted to show the calibre of his team and that is what he equally did at the Eko Hotel town hall meeting.

“That style is being copied by some of his opponents but they can’t get the traction because they don’t have the solid team like he has.”