Alleged Tinubu/Fasola Feud: Political Charlatans At Work-Tinubu


National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola

Tinubu has accused those he called “political charlatans” as responsible

for peddling rumor of an alleged feud between him and Lagos State

Governor, Babatunde Fasola.
Tinubu in a statement said while he often time agree and disagree with

Fasola, both have often agreed putting the interest of Lagos first.

He described as mere conjectures and outright falsehood reports that the

outcome of the Party's primaries that Produced Akinwunmi Ambode as the APC

Governorship candidate for Lagos State has divided him and his successor.

The Statement reads:
My relationship with Fashola is intact
For a while now, I have noticed and read many published political stories

on Lagos politics in particular and the personalities involved that are

either concerted, unsubstantiated, pure conjectures or outright falsehood.

In this instance, I reference a recent story ran by a major newspaper

concerning my successor and me. There is no doubt political charlatans and

enemies are at work fueling unnecessary rumour and insinuations and

seeking to drive a wedge in an otherwise cordial and respectful political

relationship. My relationship with Governor Fashola remains cordial both

at the personal level and at the level of commitment to ensuring Lagos

State remains on the path of political stability, growth and development.

Whether Governor Fashola had a specific candidate or not isn't the issue

here. What is important is to have a transparent process in the spirit of

democracy to which we both subscribe. We often debate, agree or

disagree. But when it comes to concluding on the interest of Lagos State,

we are on the same page. The current situation and issues around the Lagos

Gubernatorial primary are being overblown. What we have done is ensure

that no one is denied his or her rights to participate and compete for any

elective position. Such a disposition should not translate into anger and

divisiveness of the party as it is being peddled. Conflicts and

disagreements is part of every political process. The capacity to solve

these conflicts in-house and not on the pages of newspaper is a tradition

in Lagos.
We warn the people of Lagos state against speculative, self-serving

stories aimed at destabilizing the party and its leadership. The media

must be weary of accepting or publishing stories that seek to pursue a

narrow political agenda. Rather, they should make their paper a platform

for proper news dissemination and constructive analysis such that can help

our country tackle the current security problem, create jobs.

While we appreciate, recognize and respect the right of every media house

to publish any story, it is important not to be part of the feeding frenzy

and not to mislead the unsuspecting public.
At my age and with my level of political experience, I am expected to seek

for solutions, work for reconciliations and find a common ground where

disagreements exist. That is what I have dedicated myself to in the larger

interest of Lagos State and Nigeria at large. That is what Governor

Babatunde Fashola and myself are about. That is what Lagos state deserves

as Nigeria's pacesetter in terms of democracy and development.

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
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