Presidency vehemently denies alleged rift between President Buhari and Tinubu

APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The Presidency has stated that despite the recent development in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, are still together.

Recently, the crisis rocking the APC took a new turn after the APC National Executive Committee on the recommendation of President Buhari dissolved the party’s National Working Committee and set up a Caretaker Committee.

The pro-Oshiomhole NWC was allegedly loyal to Tinubu. Oshiomhole was however suspended from office apparently over his involvement in the disqualification of Governor Godwin Obaseki from contesting the Edo APC Governorship Primary Election.

The NWC members loyal to Oshiomhole quickly appointed late Senator Abiola Ajimobi to act as National Chairman of APC in the absence of Oshiomhole. However, court order specifically appointed Victor Giadom, the party’s National Secretary, to take-over the party.

Giadom insisted he was the legitimate acting Chairman of the APC, while the pro-Oshiomhole NWC plotted his replacement.

Chief Giadom who further obtained an order from the court mandating him to take-over the affairs of the party for 2 weeks pending the next NEC meeting, consequently he convened a NEC meeting last week.

It was at the NEC meeting that the NWC was dissolved on the recommendation of President Buhari and all hope for Adams Oshiomhole to return back to office was killed.

There are speculations that the development might have caused a rift between Buhari and Tinubu, but the presidency denied the report, urging the media to stop peddling falsehood.

Speaking on the alleged rift between Buhari and Tinubu, the spokesman for the president, Garba Shehu, said; “to put the records straight: In the formation of this great party and giving it leadership, President Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who are reckoned as the founding fathers of the APC are both inspired by democratic norms, national interest and not at all by partisan motivations. These are the qualities that have made them move past cynical distractions.

“They are in touch with one another. Their relationship remains as strong as ever and between the two of them, only they know how they manage their enviable relationship.”

Shehu noted that the dissolving of the NWC following the request of President Buhari was meant to unite the party together.

“The leaders of the party, who have received two successive massive mandates to govern the country and a majority of the states should be judged by how this exercise turns out in achieving these objectives, not cursed at the mere commencement of the process,” the statement issued by Garba Shehu, read.

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