Alleged Rift between President Buhari and Tinubu; Handiwork of Cynics
The Presidency has responded to the alleged rift between the president and the national leader of the APC Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu saying it is a handiwork of Cynics.
In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, the senior special assistant to the president, on media and publicity, Garba Shehu said there is no rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and his strong ally, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Shehu said 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.
He said recent reports of a rift between the two leaders of APC are false and the handiwork of some media mischief-makers.
The president's media aide described as 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.
He said the 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.
He said 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, adding that desperate attempt to fool the people will not succeed.
The SSA said the President and 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.
Shehu 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.
He said 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.