Saturday, May 27, 2017 9:43 am
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, did not show up for his widely publicised boxing bout against former Heavyweight World Boxing Champion, Evander Holyfield to mark Lagos States 50th anniversary celebrations on Friday evening.
However, Lagos state Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode who represented Tinubu said that the APC national leader could not show up due to urgent “national assignment,” in a statement issued around 10.30 pm.
Tunde Rahman corroborated Mr. Ambode’s apology from Tinubu by saying that, “There was no embarrassment of any form there because Gov. Ambode stood in for him. Don’t forget this was a charity event.
“Asiwaju Tinubu prepared elaborately for the day. He had unusual work out and training sessions. But just then when he was set for the Landmark Event Centre for the highly-highly-anticipated bout, some national exigency emerged that he needed to attend to.”
The National Leader of APC had earlier hosted Evander Holyfield in his Bourdillon, Ikoyi residence where he dressed him up like an Eyo Masquerade, which the former heavyweight champion said he would cherish all his life.”
But Noble laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka who was the designated referee for the bout on a joking note, disqualify both Tinubu for being late and Holyfield for not undergoing a drug test before coming for the ‘fight.’
According to Soyinka, “since Tinubu was late and the American did not perform a drug test, I have to disqualify both men.”