The Presidency has reacted to allegations that the national leader of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has not been visiting Aso Rock in recent times.
There have been insinuations in some quarters that Tinubu and Buhari are at loggerheads, hence, the reason why the ex Lagos state governor has not shown up at the villa for over one year.
But the presidency denied any rift between the two, adding that it was the works of mischief makers.
“The Presidency wishes to make it clear that there is no rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and his strong ally, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“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,” Garba Shehu said in a statement on Wednesday.
The SSA to the president on media and publicity also cleared the air on why Tinubu can’t be seen at the villa everyday when he is not a cabinet member.
“If the 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.
“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.
“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,” Shehu said.