NASS Leadership: Tinubu denies attack on President Buhari

By Amako Nneji June 17, 2015 11:02

NASS Leadership: Tinubu denies attack on President Buhari

The National Leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has raised alarm over a controversial report that he blasted and castigated President Muhammadu Buhari over his perceived neutrality in the just concluded race for the leadership of the just inaugurated 8th Assembly.

Speaking through his media aide in a statement signed by his media aide, Sunday Dare, Tinubu claimed that the report was false, stressing that he had not uttered a word since the NASS leadership election.

He added that certain people are trying to pitch him against Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari.

Online media outlet had reported that Tinubu, through the Nation Newspaper​,​ in an article titled “The untold story of PDP’s coup behind Saraki’s Senate Presidency” pointed an accusing finger at President Buhari for displaying neutrality in who emerges as the Senate President without due regard to the fate of the party.

According to Tinubu; “Despite the choice of National Assembly leaders being a mixture of party politics and legislative duty, the aloofness, or the perceived neutrality of the President allowed the ‘fight’ within APC to fester until it went out of hand.”

He had explained that the invitation of the APC lawmakers to the International Conference Centre, ICC, was said to be at the behest of the President; shockingly, the President did not show up.

The statement read, “The story first published on an online news site and later parroted by other online news outlet is an example of irresponsible journalism.

    “This story has no source. It is a blatant fabrication to serve the interest of its sponsors. Tinubu has not spoken about the Senate election. This story is a perverse fiction. Not journalism.

    “He has never said these lies so wrongly attributed to him. There is no chance he will ever utter such words against President Buhari, a man he worked very hard for to become President, along with millions of Nigerians who voted.

    “Tinubu would not accuse the President of plotting his own injury. If anything, he is alarmed by how this may impair the government’s substantive reform agenda.

    “It is a mischievous attempt to drive a wedge between Tinubu and Buhari. There is no need to try to put words in Tinubu’s mouth.

    “He will talk when and if it is necessary. His major preoccupation now is how Nigerians can support President Buhari and his administration to achieve the reform and change promised during the election.”

In the statement, Tinubu also denied reports that Saraki visited him in Lagos recently.

According to Dare, “The story about Senator Saraki visiting Bola Tinubu at his home in Lagos is a total fabrication.

    “It’s a lie. During the time alleged in the story, Asiwaju Tinubu was overseas in France to condole a family friend. Thus it’s physically impossible for Tinubu to have received anybody at his home in Lagos.”