The Presidency on Wednesday vehemently denied reports of rifts between President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Mallam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, in a statement titled, ‘Alleged rift between President Buhari and Tinubu; handiwork of cynics’, noted that Buhari considers Tinubu as his strong ally.
The Presidency described the reports between the two leaders as the handiwork of media mischief makers, adding that to President Buhari, Tinubu remains one of the most respected political leaders in Nigeria who has stuck to his principles in the face of all adversities.
“The Presidency wishes to make it clear that there is no rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and his strong ally, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“The President and the Asiwaju have a very strong commitment to the All Progressives Congress 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.”
“If 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,” he added.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.