Presidential aide, Garba Shehu, says All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, does not frequent the Aso Villa to meet with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), because he is not a cabinet member of the present regime.
Shehu made this known in a statement on Wednesday, titled, ‘Alleged Rift Between President Buhari And Tinubu; Handiwork Of Cynics’.
The relationship between Buhari and Tinubu has been a subject of public discourse of late, especially as the 2023 presidential election gets closer.
Political analysts have rumoured the presidential ambition of the former governor of Lagos State while some elder statesmen in the South-West have said Buhari won’t hand over power to Tinubu in 2023.
Of late, Buhari and Tinubu have not been seen together on the political gallery, fueling speculations that the relationship of the chieftains has turned sour.
However, Shehu in the statement said there is no rift between Tinubu and Buhari.
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.”