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Presidency Denies Rift Between Buhari, Asiwaju, Says Daily Trust Report Handiwork of Cynics

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PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES CHIEF AKANDE AND ASIWAJU 2B. President Muhammadu Buhari APC Chieftain Chief Bisi Akande and APC National Leader, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu during a visit at the resident Monday night, Presidential Villa Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MARCH 18 2019.

The Presidency has denied the report of any alleged rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

A Northern-based newspaper, Daily Trust, had alleged there was a disagreement between the president and Asiwaju Tinubu, claiming such was responsible for Tinubu’s refusal to visit the Presidential Villa in 14 months.

The sensational report also alleged that the crack was widening and that some governors were manipulating Buhari against Tinubu.

Media Adviser to Tinubu, Mr. Tunde Rahman, had promptly put down the report, saying it was the stuff of idle gossip by people who profit from causing controversy where there is none.

Senior Special Assistant to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, denied the report of any rift between the two in a statement on Wednesday night.

He said: “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, 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.

“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.”

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