The Presidency on Saturday rubbished insinuations of a crack in the relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, following the dissolution of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
Political opponents and critics were quick to interpret the President’s dissolution of the NWC as part of the strategy to ‘clip the wings’ of the former Lagos State governor.
But the Presidency in a statement last night said such interpretations were misleading.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the narrative projecting a face-off between Buhari and Tinubu were untrue and nothing short of “political vulturism”.
Shehu said contrary to the impression some media analysts had given to the development in the APC, the bond between the two leaders is very much intact.
“They are in touch with one another. Their relationship remains as strong as ever. And between the two of them, only they know how they manage their enviable relationship,” the Presidential spokesman said.
He explained that President Buhari advised the APC National Executive Committee (NEC) to dissolve the NWC and start on a fresh page with a positive intention of saving the party from imminent collapse.
He added: “The very essence of the requests put to the Emergency National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by President Muhammadu Buhari, which were unanimously approved, aim to pull back the party faced with an existential crisis from the brink of collapse, follow the constitution and take everyone along.