The Presidency says there is no rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, who described the speculations as “handiwork of cynics”.
Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, there are speculations that there is a rift between Mr Buhari and Mr Tinubu.
Mr Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, played a major role in the emergence of Mr Buhari as president in 2015.
The duo have enjoyed warm relationship until recently when there were speculations about a rift between them.
Mr Shehu said the report of the alleged rift was the handiwork of media mischief makers.
He said Messrs Buhari and Tinubu “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.”
Read full statement below:
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
ALLEGED RIFT BETWEEN PRESIDENT BUHARI AND TINUBU; HANDIWORK OF CYNICS
The Presidency wishes to make it clear that there is no rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and his strong ally, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
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The President 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.
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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