The presidency says there is no bad blood between President Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, released a statement to this effect on Wednesday.
He said both individuals remain strong allies and are committed to the APC’s vision of bringing “change” to Nigerians.
“Recent reports of a rift between the two leaders of our party are false; the handiwork of some media mischief makers,” the statement read.
“It is quite unfortunate that certain sections of the media feed on birthing controversies, providing a nexus for naysayers who work behind the scenes planting such stories which are absolutely false.
“This administration is aware of pessimists and cynics who willfully spread misinformation to create doubts in the minds of the people about the relationship between its leaders and whether the party will remain intact or not. There is no doubt that the President and the party are focused on development, peace and security, restructuring of the economy and war against corruption in the country and will not be diverted to anything else. This desperate attempt to fool the people will not succeed.
“To President Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu remains one of the most respected political leaders in the country who has stuck to his principles in the face of all adversities. He was instrumental to the formation, growth and development of the APC into a formidable political party and the political alliance is waxing even stronger.
Shehu added that if Tinubu is not seen frequently in the presidential villa, it does not make him less of a friend to the president.