The Presidency today has denied any rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and his south west ally and 2033 presidential hopeful, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
In a statement issued and signed by the President’s Snr Special Assistant on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu, the president was quoted to have said the two leaders of the ruling All Progressive Congress ( APC) have a mutual commitment to bring change to Nigerians.
Shehu said recent reports in some media that there is a rift between the two leaders are false and handiwork of mischief makers in the media.
Shehu quoted Buhari as describing Tinubu as one of the most respected political leaders in the country who stuck to his principle in the face of extreme provocation.
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.
“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. “
Buhari was quoted as saying that his administration will not be distracted byCynics from providing infrastructure, and the ear against corruption.
Shehu: “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.”