The Presidency yesterday described as baseless, a report in the media suggesting that leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu is under security watch over an alleged plot against President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the report, security agencies had launched a surveillance ring around Tinubu and others, including members of the National Assembly over alleged plot against the president.
But in a statement by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the presidency advised Nigerians to ignore the said report, which it described as false and baseless.
Noting that the report was a false and sensational story, Shehu who described Tinubu as a pillar of the governing party, the APC, emphasised that the presidency wished “to confirm without any equivocation that the Asiwaju is not of any particular interest to any arm of the security services.”
“The relationship between him and the president cannot be better than it is at the moment,” the presidential spokesman added.
In the statement made available to Newsmen yesterday, Shehu further said, “according to the perverted logic of the newspaper, the respected leader of the APC is into a plot against the leader of the country. The Presidency is unaware of any such plots against the president.
“I got on the phone a short while ago with General Babagana Munguno, (Rtd), the National Security Adviser and the Director General of the SSS, Lawal Daura who both dismissed the published reports as acts of pure mischief. They are not aware of Asiwaju being on any kind of watch.
“It would appear that a competition is on between two or three newspaper establishments on how best to breach the excellent relationship between the pillars of our party and government. So far, they have not made a headway and there is no indication that they will succeed in the future.
“It suffices to say that such reports, written without fairness and balance, can only take away from whatever is left of the credibility of these newspapers. The general public is hereby advised to ignore them on these reports.”