The Presidency has dismissed rumours that President Muhammadu Buhari and the national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, have fallen out over the dissolution of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling party.
A statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) in Abuja on Saturday said Buhari and Tinubu are still friends with each other and their relationship remains intact.
The statement read: “The very essence of the requests put to the Emergency National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by President Muhammadu Buhari, which were unanimously approved aim to pull back the party, faced with an existential crisis from the brink of collapse, follow the constitution and take everyone along”
“While this action has been widely accepted with great relief by lovers of democracy and the rank and file of the membership, we are concerned that political vulturism masquerading as “smart analysis” is selling the commentary that this is a Buhari-Tinubu “showdown.” Nothing can be farther from the truth.
“To put the records straight: In the formation of this great party and giving it leadership, President Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed 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 moved past cynical distractions”.
He went further to say nothing has stirred the relationship of both men, he also alleged that the opposition party, PDP, have tried all they can to break the bond between the two leaders, but have failed in their attempts.