The Presidency has dismissed reports insinuating that President Muhammadu Buhari and APC chieftain Bola Tinubu have fallen apart.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, said the relationship had been cordial.
He explained that the resolutions of the party’s emergency NEC meeting were aimed at safeguarding the APC from the brink of collapse and not targeted at any member of the party as being insinuated in some quarters
The presidential aide noted that the NEC meeting was widely accepted and welcomed by all lovers of democracy and members of the party nationwide.
”The very essence of the requests put to the emergency NEC meeting of the APC by President Buhari, which were unanimously approved, aim to pull back the party, faced with an existential crisis from the brink of collapse, follow the constitution and take everyone along.” Shehu said.
The spokesman added that the whole exercise was meant to ensure massive reform and overhaul of the leadership of the APC.
”We have to move ahead. We have to take everyone with us and ensure that the party is run in accordance with democratic norms and with consensus. We have to work for the benefit of the country.
”The leaders of the party, who have received two successive massive mandates to govern the country and a majority of the states should be judged by how this exercise turns out in achieving these objectives not cursed at the mere commencement of the process.”
Shehu accused the opposition of stoking the rumour of a rift between the President and Tinubu.
”Try as hard as they could, the opposition parties have used all their intellectuals and their supporters in the media to break this relationship and have failed and they won’t.
“To put the records straight: In the formation of this great party and giving it leadership, President Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who are reckoned as the founding fathers of the APC, were both inspired by democratic norms, national interest and not at all by partisan motivations. These are the qualities that have made them move past cynical distractions”.
”Their relationship remains as strong as ever and between the two of them, only they know how they manage their enviable relationship.