No rift between Buhari, Tinubu – Presidency



By Abba Gwale

The Presidency says that there is no rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and his strong ally, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement signed by Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said Buhari and the 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.

“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,” Said Garba Shehu

He added that “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”.

The Presidency however said, 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.

Tinubu visits Emir of Katsina today

In another development, Tinubu, paid a visit to the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, to symphatise with him over the recent fire outbreak at Katsina central market on Monday.

During the visit donated 50 million naira to the victims of the inferno.

Tinubu, who was the former Lagos state Governor was accompanied by Katsina state Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari and other key politicians within and out side the state.

Yet, Tinubu has not publicly declared his interest in the presidency, but there are clear and strong indications that he is working to succeed President Muhammad Buhari.

Earlier this year, there are indications that President Muhammad Buhari is not considering Tinubu as the right candidate to replace him when he leaves office but Tinubu, according to report is trying to convince Buhari.

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