Buhari has dissociated himself from what he calls a ‘malicious campaign’ aimed at dividing him from a staunch ally, Tinubu.
Garba Shehu, the president’s special adviser on media, said those seeking to distance the two leaders are doing so based on a recent statement made by President Buhari.
As reported by Mr. Shehu, the president stated in the interview that nobody other than the APC would determine where the next president would come from.
According to his special aide, the president’s twisted statement is nothing short of a mischievous attempt to drag the President into controversies.
Citizens, especially members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, were urged not to fall for the scam.
To underline his point further, the special adviser pointed out that Buhari’s mention of Lagos was not a reference to Senator Bola Tinubu, as the “opposition party’s predatory designs” would use it to damage the excellent relationship between the two leaders.
President Buhari, the Asiwaju, and the rapidly expanding membership of the APC are seeking a dynastic succession of elected leaders, adding that the party should not be distracted from its progress as a democratic party.
The ruling party, the APC, unlike other parties before it is a popular political party owned by its entire membership, hence Mr. President was emphasizing during the 45-minute interview that he, nor anyone in the leadership, could impose their will on the party.
This is a basic consensus that binds the entire leadership of the party.
According to the president’s special adviser, the party leaders remain firmly committed to the principle that succession must be based on democratic norms and processes.