No rift with Tinubu, he is a priceless asset -Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed rumours that he and the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership are at odds with party stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.


He described such rumours as unfounded and mischievous.

A statement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the President was highly embarrassed by such “suggestions”.

Buhari, he said, was in regular contact with Tinubu before, during and after the Ondo governorship election.

He said suggestions that the President and the party machinery were working to destroy Tinubu had no foundation in truth or any credibility, adding that the President was impressed by Tinubu’s assurance not to work against the party in Ondo and he honoured his word.

He also explained that President Buhari regards Tinubu as a priceless political asset to the party whose immeasurable contributions to the development and progress of the ruling party are known to all.

Shehu advised rumour mongers to stop sowing seeds of discord and animosity between the President and Tinubu or the party, adding that the President is proud of the Jagaban and his pivotal role in the party and the movement.

He said: “President Buhari commended Tinubu’s spirit of comradeship in  promptly congratulating Rotimi Akeredolu who was elected governor.

“The President also noted that at a time his administration is preoccupied with governance issues, rumours of divisions and alleged scheming within the party are counterproductive to internal unity and cohesion in APC.”

He urged APC members and supporters to ignore rumours that could harm the party’s unity.



  1. Bola Tinubu aka, (Asiwaju), (Ifa eko), (jagaban), (Baba party) etc. is the man to recon with when it comes to Nigeria politics. He single handedly sent the ruling party out of the power. Ki lo tun ku?.

  2. Mrs Ambode was visibly sighted in AD’s campaign in Ondo when Governor Ambode didn’t send any representation for Apc campaign.The president must have taken that in his strides as a show of maturity.
    It is an untrammelled Machiavellianism to reduce politics only to a schematic juggling of interests.That is skullduggery at best,what about governance?
    My own definition of politics is “The aggregation of varied interests for the establishment of good governance”
    The cerebral people of Ondo state have chosen the imperative of good governance above the pedestrian stomach infrastructure or suffocating godfatherism.
    It shows that Apc can win elections without looting the treasury.
    If all future elections take the same format Nigeria would exit the cliffhanger of money politics.

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