The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Strategy and Contact Committee, Abubakar Badaru, has dismissed reports suggesting a rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and the party’s National Leader, Bola Tinubu.
Badaru stated this on Thursday in Abuja during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“I think people wanted to see that and that will not happen. I believe it is all politics. President Muhammadu Buhari, Bola Tinubu and all the leaders of the party speak with one voice,” he said in reaction to whether Buhari and Tinubu are at loggerheads.
“We have pushed that story about President Buhari and Tinubu to certainly hit the polity. But it is not true. We know that the party is one indivisible and all the stakeholders are being carried along.”
Tinubu has been tipped in some quarters as nursing a presidential ambition, although the revered political leader has not officially confirmed whether or not he would join the 2023 presidential race.
His party, the APC has not decided yet which geopolitical region it would zone the presidential slot, even as calculations are on top gear as to who would succeed President Buhari, whose compulsory two-term constitutional tenure would elapse in two years’ time.
On Wednesday, the Presidency through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated categorically that there is no rift between President Buhari and his strong ally, Tinubu.
Shehu said the two leaders have a very strong commitment to the APC towards bringing Change, adding that this is a commitment they have made to the Nigerian people.