Former governor of Lagos state, Bola Ahmed Tinubu failed to show up for a boxing match he was scheduled to have with boxing champion, Evander Holyfield.
The boxing match was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lagos state. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode announced Tinubu’s absence around 10:28 PM on Friday night, stating that the national leader of the ruling APC could not show up due to an urgent “national assignment”. He also issued an official apology.
Tinubu’s aide, Mr Rahman Tunde confirmed Ambode’s statements by saying that “There was no embarrassment of any form because Gov. Ambode stood in for him”. Rahman also disclosed that “Tinubu prepared elaborately for the day. He had unusual workout 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 referee of the fight, Prof. Wole Soyinka sent the crowd reeling with laughter when he shockingly announced the disqualification of both Tinubu and Holyfield because “both men did not take a drug test before the fight”.