From Bola Ogundele, Abuja
The Presidency on Saturday rubbished insinuations of a crack within the relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nationwide Chief of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, following the dissolution of the get together’s Nationwide Working Committee (NWC).
Political opponents and critics have been fast to interpret the President’s dissolution of the NWC as a part of the technique to ‘clip the wings’ of the previous Lagos State governor.
However the Presidency in an announcement final night time stated such interpretations have been deceptive.
Senior Particular Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, stated the narrative projecting a face-off between Buhari and Tinubu have been unfaithful and nothing wanting “political vulturism”.
Shehu stated opposite to the impression some media analysts had given to the event within the APC, the bond between the 2 leaders may be very a lot intact.
“They’re in contact with each other. Their relationship stays as robust as ever. And between the 2 of them, solely they know the way they handle their enviable relationship,” the Presidential spokesman stated.
He defined that President Buhari suggested the APC Nationwide Government Committee (NEC) to dissolve the NWC and begin on a contemporary web page with a constructive intention of saving the get together from imminent collapse.
He added: “The very essence of the requests put to the Emergency Nationwide Government Committee assembly of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by President Muhammadu Buhari, which have been unanimously permitted, purpose to drag again the get together confronted with an existential disaster from the brink of collapse, comply with the structure and take everybody alongside.
“Whereas this motion has been broadly accepted with nice aid by lovers of democracy and the rank and file of the membership, we’re involved that political vulturism masquerading as ‘sensible evaluation’ is promoting the commentary that this can be a Buhari-Tinubu ‘showdown’.
“Nothing may be farther from the reality.
“To set the data straight, within the formation of this nice get together and given it management, President Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who’re reckoned because the founding fathers of the APC, are each impressed by democratic norms, nationwide curiosity and in no way by partisan motivations.
“These are the qualities which have made them transfer previous cynical distractions.
“Strive as onerous as they may, the opposition events have used all their intellectuals and their supporters within the media to interrupt this relationship however have failed. And so they received’t.
“For President Buhari who has acquired a lot of the cynical commentary, Nigerians know him as somebody who won’t do something with dangerous intentions. Neither will he do something out of partisan motivations or for himself.
“This complete train that ought to result in large reform and overhaul of the management of the get together, as he stated in that good speech, was to “save the APC from imminent self-destruction.
Now we have to maneuver forward. Now we have to take everybody with us and be certain that the get together is run in accordance with democratic norms and with consensus. Now we have to work for the advantage of the nation.
“The leaders of the get together, who’ve acquired two successive large mandates to control the nation and a majority of the states, must be judged by how this train seems in attaining these targets, not cursed on the mere graduation of the method.”
The assertion got here moments after Tinubu himself spoke on the APC concern and stated he was totally in assist of the President’s transfer which, in line with him, was inevitable to avoid wasting the get together.