The national leader of the All Progressives Congress , Bola Tinubu, on Monday revealed his knowledge of football when Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi paid him a visit at his Bourdillon , Ikoyi home in Lagos .
Mikel , who plays in the Chinese Super League , had visited Tinubu to seek his support for Africa ’ s Next Football Superstar , a talent hunt programme initiated by the Mikel Obi Foundation .
But the ex – Chelsea midfielder , who won two EPL titles , three FA Cups , one Football League Cup as well as the UEFA Champions League and Europa League in 11 years at Stamford Bridge , was perhaps astonished when Tinubu displayed his huge knowledge of the game.
“I ’ m very proud and honoured to receive you ( Mikel ). I ’ m a great fan of football even though not much of a fan of your former club ( Chelsea ). I sincerely tried to watch Chelsea all the time you were there because you are a great talent , ” Tinubu stated while receiving Mikel .
Tinubu in a chat with The PUNCH , revealed that he is a staunch follower of English Premier League giants Manchester United.
“Chelsea is not my club but he ( Mikel ) is my club and we will support his project . I ’ m a Man United fan to the core , ” the former Governor of Lagos State said.
“Last weekend , I watched the Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea game with one eye because I ’ m always envious of Chelsea . I always wish we ( Manchester United) beat them . I sympathise with him ( Mikel ), his former club had to take a hit from Tottenham .
“When Mikel was there however , I watched Chelsea each time he was on the pitch with both eyes because he ’ s a great talent . It’ s been a wonderful homecoming for him and we will do everything to support him . ”
Though he may not support Chelsea , Tinubu admitted his love for Mikel has seen him visit Stamford Bridge to watch the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner in action for the Blues .
“I ’ ve been to Chelsea to watch their games because of him ( Mikel ). I always want him to win , he ’ s a great midfielder. He’ s helped the club a lot, he ’ s brought the name of the club up , he has the team spirit and camaradene, which made Chelsea proud .”
However , when Tinubu was asked about the dwindling fortunes of Manchester United, he replied , “Are we discussing only football today ( Monday )? Right now I ’ m going to play my own game, politics .
Whatever is happening to Man United , no one club can stay up forever . They’ ve set a great record already and we would be back on top. I think we are around number seven in the English Premier League table now. It ’ s too early in the season to write us off , we will never say die .
Thereafter, the respected politician walked briskly towards his Range Rover Sport , as his retinue of aides tried to outshine each other in opening the door for him.