Buhari’s comment on zoning was not about Tinubu – Presidency

By our reporter| The Presidency on Friday distanced President Muhammadu Buhari from what it terms a ‘malicious campaign’ aiming to drive a wedge between him and a staunch ally, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu in a statement, said those attempting to estrange the two leaders are doing so with reference to a statement President Buhari made in Thursday’s interview with Arise Television.

The president, Shehu noted, stated in the interview that nobody but the APC would determine the zoning and selection of where the next President will come from.

According to Shehu, twisting the President’s statement is nothing short of a mischievous attempt to drag the Buhari into controversies, adding that members of the All Progressives Congress, APC should not fall for the scheme.

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Buttressing his point further, the special adviser said the mention Buhari made of Lagos was not a reference to the respected party leader, Senator Bola Tinubu as the “opposition party’s predatory designs” would put it in order to damage the excellent relationship between the two of them.

The statement read in part, “The Ruling party, the APC, unlike others before it is a popular political party owned by its entire membership, hence Mr. President was making the point during the 45-minutes interview that neither he nor anyone in the leadership could impose their wishes on the party.

“This is a basic consensus that binds the entire party leadership.

“The party leaders remain firmly committed to the principles that succession must be through the democratic norms and processes.”

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