Why Tinubu doesn’t visit Aso Villa frequently – Presidency

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The Presidency has dismissed rumour of a rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu.

Tinubu, Buhari and others formed an alliance ahead of the 2015 general election which gave birth to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Some political observers believe Buhari might not support Tinubu’s reported presidential bid in 2023.

Addressing speculations on Wednesday about Tinubu and the president, the Presidency in a statement said Tinubu is not seen regularly at the capital because he is not a member of the president’s cabinet.

However, Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu in the statement said there is no rift between the duo.

He 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.

“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 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.”

Meanwhile, Buhari will chair the colloquium to celebrate Tinubu’s 69th birthday next Monday.