I have no rift with Tinubu, says Buhari
By Samuel Ogunsona
President Mohammadu Buhari today said he has no rift with the former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
In a statement made available to Irohinoodua, Buhari said the reported feud between him and Tinubu was a figment of imagination.
But no one expects the Presidency to confirm a rift even if one exists. The APC leadership in the past few months has been busy recruiting politicians from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) believed to be opposed to Tinubu.
Within APC too, his potential rivals are being elevated ahead the 2023 Presidential election which Tinubu hopes to contest. The former Lagos State Governor invested his money and energy to secure Buhari’s victory, a sacrificed that surprisingly turned him into the punching bag of the new APC leadership which grip he has gradually lost.
The statement signed by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant, (SSA) Media, Garba Shehu said the Presidency “wishes to make it clear that there is no rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and his strong ally, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”
The statement said
the President and Asiwaju have a very strong commitment to the All Progressives Congress, APC towards bringing change and this is a commitment they have made to the Nigerian people.
He said “recent reports of a rift between the two leaders of our party are false; the handiwork of some media mischief makers.
It is quite unfortunate that certain sections of the media feed on birthing controversies, providing a nexus for naysayers who work behind the scenes planting such stories which are absolutely false.
This administration is aware of pessimists and cynics who willfully spread misinformation to create doubts in the minds of the people about the relationship between its leaders and whether the party will remain intact or not. There is no doubt that the President and the party are focused on development, peace and security, restructuring of the economy and war against corruption in the country and will not be diverted to anything else. This desperate attempt to fool the people will not succeed.
To President Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu remains one of the most respected political leaders in the country who has stuck to his principles in the face of all adversities. He was instrumental to the formation, growth and development of the APC into a formidable political party and the political alliance is waxing even stronger.
If the Asiwaju is not a frequent face in the Aso Rock Villa, it is on account of the fact that he is not a cabinet member of this government. The fact that he is not every day around the Villa does not make him less of a friend to the President and this administration.
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
March 24, 2021