Kanu Nwankwo, a former star of the Super Eagles, has denied reports that he has endorsed the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu ahead of the elections next month.
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The 1996 Olympic Gold medalist took to his verified Instagram handle to react to speculations that he may have endorsed the APC candidate with some other Super Eagles legends who seem to have endorsed one presidential candidate or the other.
The former Arsenal player in a video released on his verified Instagram account, refuted the speculations, stating that it was not in his nature to endorse a candidate and that Nigerians should shun such fake news about him.
The football star urged Nigerians to go out en masse to vote for the candidate of their choice.
Kanu said, “My country people, I say it and will say it again, I am not a politician, I am a footballer. Whoever is there, is just talking, spreading fake news about me saying that I asked you to go and vote for who and who and who. No. I don’t do such. My name is Kanu ‘Papilo’ Nwankwo and you know, all my life is about football.
“That is what I do, which I am proud of; please this the last time. Stop spreading fake, wicked news against Papilo. I am here to help people, don’t destroy it. Go and get your PVC and vote for the best. Make your choice. You know who is the best. Vote so that Nigeria would be better. Stop! I did not say anything, but all the same, go and vote.”
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Papillo, as he is fondly called, said further, “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.”
The soccer legend took part in a Novelty Football Match organised by the Tinubu Support Group, in collaboration with the Lagos State Government, to mark Tinubu’s 70th birthday in March 2022.