The Chatham House said on Tuesday that Bola Tinubu ambushed its chairman on Monday morning when he showed up for an interactive session.
The battlefront According to a British think tank, the presidential candidate for the ruling All Progressives Congress undercut its customary structure and did not obtain prior consent to act in the manner he did.
During his presence, Mr. Tinubu appointed political surrogates to speak for him, including Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Dele Alake, a campaign spokesperson for Mr. Tinubu, was given the question on oil theft; Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna, was given the question on security; and Governor Ben Ayade, of Cross River, was given the question on youth inclusion and development.
Also, a former commissioner of finance in Lagos, Wale Edun, was asked to answer the question on job creation; Mr Gbajabiamila answered a question on national defence while incumbent Lagos State governor Mr Sanwo-Olu took the question on youth inclusion in politics and governance.
“Yesterday’s event was not the norm and our Chair was not notified in advance that Mr Tinubu would be delegating questions,” a spokesperson for Chatham House said in an email to Peoples Gazette. “The principle of Chatham House events is to be able to hear the views of invited speakers, and also to hold those speakers to account.”
Nigerians have expressed serious condemnation of Mr Tinubu’s conduct during the question and answer session of the event. The former Lagos governor failed to express his plans for the country in several areas of governance, including health, education, economy and national defence.
Mr Tinubu, who has continued to ignore Nigerian media, has committed repeated blunders on the campaign trail that critics said showed manifestation of severe medical conditions.
Since the start of the campaign in February, Mr Tinubu has been seen urinating on himself, carrying a catheter device to take his bodily waste and speaking gibberish during public appearances.
The presidential candidate has dismissed public concerns about his health, saying it was misplaced since he only needs his mental capacity to govern and not his physical capacity, which should be reserved for manual labour workers.