The Presidency has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement about Lagos was not directed at All Progressives Congress national leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In an interview with Arise TV, Buhari stated, when asked about his desire for the APC after his tenure, “The hope of this administration is to see APC last beyond it.” As a result, we should let the party decide. You can’t sit in Lagos, for example, and decide the fate of the APC on zoning. The party’s restructuring has begun from the bottom up, with the registration of membership cards. Every member of the party must participate.

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“Our convention will be held soon. No single party member will be allowed to go against the wishes of the party. We should leave it up to the party to decide.”

Mallam Garaba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, clarified the comment last night in a statement: “The Presidency wishes to distance President Buhari from a malicious campaign aimed at driving a wedge between him and a staunch ally, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”

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“This is nothing more than a devious attempt to drag the President into controversies. Our citizens, particularly APC members, must not fall for this.

“Because the ruling party, the APC, is a popular political party owned by its entire membership, Mr. President was emphasizing during the 45-minute interview that neither he nor anyone in the leadership could impose their wishes on the party.

“This is a fundamental agreement that unites the entire party leadership. The party leaders remain steadfast in their belief that succession must take place in accordance with democratic norms and processes.

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“His mention of Lagos was not a reference to the respected party leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, as the opposition party’s predatory designs would have it, in order to damage the two of them’s excellent relationship.

“The President, the Asiwaju, and the party’s rapidly growing membership all want a dynastic succession of elected leaders.

“The APC’s progress as a democratic party should not be jeopardized.”

Courtesy: withinnigeria news

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