A National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has raised the alarm over a plot by some people to set him up against President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former Lagos governor raised the alarm in a statement issued by his media office, while reacting to a report by an online medium.
The medium had claimed that Tinubu not only rejected the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively, it also claimed he accused President Buhari of moving against the party by assisting the duo to emerge leaders of the National Assembly.
However, Tinubu said he had never made a public statement about the National Assembly since its highly controversial election last week.
He also said he could never insult President Buhari or castigate a government that he helped to form.
The statement read, “The story first published on an online news site and later parroted by other online news outlet is an example of irresponsible journalism. This story has no source. It is a blatant fabrication to serve the interest of its sponsors. Tinubu has not spoken about the Senate election. This story is a perverse fiction. Not journalism.
“He has never said these lies so wrongly attributed to him. There is no chance he will ever utter such words against President Buhari, a man he worked very hard for to become President, along with millions of Nigerians who voted. Tinubu would not accuse the President of plotting his own injury. If anything, he is alarmed by how this may impair the government’s substantive reform agenda.
“It is a mischievous attempt to drive a wedge between Tinubu and Buhari. There is no need to try to put words in Tinubu’s mouth. He will talk when and if it is necessary. His major preoccupation now is how Nigerians can support President Buhari and his administration to achieve the reform and change promised during the election”.
Meanwhile, a media aide to the former governor, Sunday Dare, has denied reports that Saraki visited Tinubu in Lagos recently.
According to Dare, his boss had been in France since last week and was going to London before returning to Nigeria.
He, therefore, stated that it was impossible for Tinubu to be in two different places at a time.
He said, “The story about Senator Saraki visiting Bola Tinubu at his home in Lagos is a total fabrication. It’s a lie. During the time alleged in the story, Asiwaju Tinubu was overseas in France to condole a family friend. Thus it’s physically impossible for Tinubu to have received anybody at his home in Lagos”.