Former All Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy National Publicity Secretary Timi Frank has condemned the supposed proposal of US Vice President Joe Biden to meet with APC President Bola Tinubu.
He claimed that Biden’s request, relayed by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and US Presidential envoy Ambassador Molly Phee, undermines the US government’s stand on democracy and the sanctity of the ballot.
Frank, in a statement released on Wednesday, called the meeting scheduled to take place on the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September “suspicious” because of Tinubu’s current lack of legitimacy as the result of the 2023 presidential election is being contested in court.
With multiple investigations into Tinubu’s integrity, true identity, and academic records currently underway in both Nigeria and the United States, it is clear that Biden’s actions represent an anti-American stance on the rule of law and a poor model for collaboration.
When people know about Tinubu’s lack of legitimacy and the fraudulent election that brought him to power, it’s an insult to imply that he’s the only African president Biden has met with on the sidelines of UNGA.
In my opinion, if they are interested in discussing issues pertaining to Africa, they may do it with any other respectable leader on the continent.
He stated, “However, it is clear the only reason they are seeking this meeting is to protect their selfish interests and it is for this type of unbecoming action that the US is now trying former President Donald Trump.”
It’s disappointing, Frank remarked, that the United States is trying to play to the gallery by inviting Tinubu as the only African leader Biden wants to meet at the UN General Assembly when everyone is waiting for the results of the Presidential Election Tribunal.
Until the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal issues its decision on the suits challenging the legitimacy of the President, he urged Biden to withdraw his invitation to Tinubu.