I Have No Rift With Tinubu, Such Rumours Are Unfounded – Buhari Insists
SAN FRANCISCO, November 28, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed rumours of an existing rift with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, describing such rumours as unfounded and mischievous.
According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, President Buhari was highly embarrassed by such suggestions as he was in regular contact with Tinubu before, during and after the Ondo gubernatorial election.
“Any suggestions that the President and the party machinery were working to destroy Tinubu had no foundation in truth or any credibility; infact, the President was impressed by Tinubu's assurance not to work against the party in Ondo and he honoured his words,” the statement read.
“President Buhari regards Tinubu as a priceless political asset to the party whose immeasurable contributions to the development and progress of the ruling party are known to all.
“Rumour mongers should stop spreading the seeds of discord and animosity between the President and Tinubu or the party, because the President is proud of the Jagaba and his pivotal role in the party and the movement.
“President Buhari commended Tinubu's spirit of comradeship in promptly congratulating Rotimi Akeredolu who was elected Governor.
“The President also noted that at a time his administration is preoccupied with governance issues, rumours of divisions and alleged scheming within the party are counterproductive to internal unity and cohesion in APC.
“He appealed to APC members and supporters to ignore rumours that could harm party unity.”
Story by Oputah David