Kanu Nwankwo, a former forward for the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Arsenal, has refuted claims that he endorsed the APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
An old video of the footballer thanking the former Lagos governor for giving N5 million to his foundation was shared by journalist Sam Omatseye.
Omatseye explains why Kanu Nwankwo was promoting Tinubu by sharing the video, which was recorded in March 2022 during a visit to celebrate Tinubu’s 70th birthday.
The corruptible journalist posted the following on Twitter: “In year 2020, I wanted to start Kanu Heart Foundation. Peter Obi and all the Igbo Leaders refused to Help me. I reached out to Tinubu, he came to Sheraton Hotels, Abuja and gave me 5 million Nara. That money was what I used in starting the foundation you hear today”.
This effort is only one of many that have been made recently to attract the public’s attention to the veteran politician.
Kanu responded to the video on his social media pages by claiming that he is a football player and not a politician and issuing a warning to those who are spreading false information about him.
The former Super Eagles star said: “I have said it and I will say it again. I am not a politician but a footballer. Whoever is spreading fake news that I asked you to vote for somebody.“
“I do not do such. My life is all about football. That is my field and I am proud of it. This is the last time: stop spreading fake, wicked news against Papilo. I am here to help people. Do not try to destroy what you cannot destroy. Go get your PVC and vote for the best”
Sharing the video, Kanu wrote: “Hello my country people. Do what is right and vote. Kindly stop spreading fake news in my name that I ask you to vote for anyone.“
“Am not the one to choose who you will vote for so stop this rubbish with my name and go and get your PVC and vote. Any media outlet or persons or group of persons that continue to use my name to spread fake news will be dealt with in the court of law. Let’s all be guided.”
See the Video of the refutal below:
Though Kanu, a former African Footballer of the Year, remained mum regarding who of the candidates he is claimed to have backed, there have been media rumors claiming that the former Arsenal player is supporting Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress.
When the former governor of Lagos State celebrated his 70th birthday a few months ago, Kanu and other former Super Eagles players paid him a courtesy call. Despite criticism for the visit, the former Super Eagles star defended his conduct.
The ruling party in Nigeria, the APC, is becoming more desperate by the day, and Nigerians are having none of it.
After uploading the fake post, the aforementioned Journalist shut down the comments on his to avoid comments from good-loving Nigerians.
Nwankwo Kanu OON, a former forward for a professional football team in Nigeria, was born on August 1, 1976.
He played for the English clubs Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion, and Portsmouth in addition to the Nigerian team Iwuanyanwu Nationale, the Dutch team Ajax, the Italian team Inter Milan, and the Nigerian team Iwuanyanwu Nationale.
Among other honors, Kanu received two African Player of the Year titles, a UEFA Cup medal, a UEFA Champions League medal, and three FA Cup medals.
He is one of the few athletes who have won the Olympic Gold Medal, Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, and UEFA Cup.
He is recognized as one of the greatest players in African football history and made the third-most substitute appearances (118) in Premier League history.
He also serves as the African brand ambassador for digital TV provider StarTimes and the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
He also owns the online sports television firm Kanu Sports TV.
Who is Bola Ahmed Tinubu?
Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu is a politician and accountant from Nigeria who held the positions of senator for Lagos West during the Third Republic and governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007.
He was selected as the All Progressives Congress’s candidate for the 2023 Nigerian presidential election in June 2022.
He had a significant part in the creation of the All Progressives Congress in 2013 after leaving office in 2007.
Tinubu’s career has been long and contentious, dogged by allegations of corruption and doubts about the accuracy of his personal background.
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