Former Lagos State governor and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has refuted claims that he made statements criticizing the activities of the highest ranking office holder of his party, President Muhammadu Buhari.
The statement going round on social media quoted Tinubu as telling South West APC chieftains who paid visit to his Ikoyi residence:
“I regret building APC and giving Buhari a platform to become president.But on Wednesday 28 September 2016, Tinubu said via a statement released via the Tinubu Media Office, that he neither criticized the president nor plans to do so.
“We all knew he didn’t merit to be president, but you know how we politicians behave when we are desperate for electoral position; We beg.
“That was how President Buhari always and frequently came to my private house here in Ikoyi with his entourage which included that Nasiru and others.
“At a point, he was practically living in my house, under my roof. The room he was sleeping was just 6-7 steps from my own private room. I was building his confidence because he didn’t have it. He was even scared of Atiku and Rabiu.
“What I ate, he ate. My security was his security because he expressed fears about the security provided by the Jonathan government. He was afraid of Jonathan.
“Now they occupy Aso Rock and they think Asiwaju Tinubu is finished. He is using people I brought from obscurity against me. Now they say my mouth is smelling. They say I’m no longer relevant. The battle line is drawn, I will show them the meaning of Asiwaju.
“I know they have surrounded my house. They are there outside. You can’t see them but I know where they are. I see them, but I am not afraid of them. They know that.”
“Don’t worry, just watch. Time will tell, I built this party and I can destroy it, but for now I vow, PDP must win Ondo State.”
The press release goes thus:
"In the past 48 hours, we have noticed the churning out of falacious and outright malicious stories in the social media concerning Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
"We want to state that the stories are patently false and we urge unsuspecting Nigerians to ignore the lies being spread and the wicked stories about what Tinubu purportedly said or did. The stories being churned out are being done by some fifth columnists who seek to drive a wedge between these leaders. One of such stories is the one entitled ‘Tinubu Bombs Buhari,’ which is fit only for the trash can and a figment of the writer’s imagination.
"Asiwaju Tinubu remains a staunch APC stalwart and supporter of the APC government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari. Tinubu is preoccupied with assisting to find solutions to the present challenges now confronting us as a nation and nothing will distract him from doing this."