The presidency reacted to reports that President Muhammadu Buhari’s reference to Lagos in his interview on Arise Television was directed against Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Buhari spokesman Garba Shehu said the president’s comment on APC’s future during the interview had nothing to do with Tinubu.
The president said: “The hope of this administration is to see APC last beyond. Therefore, we should let the party decide. You can’t just sit in Lagos, for example, and decide APC’s fate on zoning.
However, some Nigerians believed the president’s remark was aimed at the former Governor of Lagos State.
Clarifying the comment, Shehu, in a statement, said:
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“The presidency wishes to distance President Buhari from a malicious campaign aimed at sowing discord between him and a staunch ally, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“It is nothing less than a malicious attempt to drag the president into controversy. Our fellow citizens and especially the members of the APC should not fall into the trap.
“The ruling party, the APC, unlike others before it, is a popular political party owned by all of its members. Therefore, Mr. feast.
“This is a basic consensus that binds the entire party leadership. Party leaders remain firmly committed to the principles that succession should occur through democratic norms and processes.
“His mention of Lagos was not a reference to the respected party leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, as the predatory designs of the opposition party would say to undermine the excellent relationship between the two.
“The president, the Asiwaju and the rapidly growing party members want a dynastic succession of elected leaders.
“The APC should not be distracted from its progress as a democratic party.
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