National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has dismissed reports that he is actively planning on contesting for the presidency in 2019.
He described the report published in a national daily (not LEADERSHIP), as an example of bad fiction masquerading as professional journalism, pointing out that the story “is a manufactured tale weaved by its authors to try to create division where there is none.”
The former Lagos State governor also said those behind the report seek to place him at odds with President Muhammadu Buhari.
A statement by the Tinubu Media Office, signed by Tunde Rahman said “writing such a baseless report is a very foul and a wrong thing to do.”
“First, Asiwaju Tinubu is not gearing up for a presidential run. So there will not be any doubt about this core matter, we shall state Tinubu’s position clearly and unequivocally so that even the reporters cannot misinterpret his position. As long as that patriotic and committed man named Muhammadu Buhari holds and seeks to hold the mantle as our president, then Asiwaju Tinubu stands behind him in unwavering support and confidence. Asiwaju Tinubu remains faithful to the mission of progressive reform and change that President Buhari, he and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have started. Tinubu was instrumental in the formation and success of the APC. His toil and efforts helped establish this government. He is not one to tear down something he laboured so dutifully to build.
“Instead of trying to convey the truth, the newspaper report opted to gain false sensation by completely mocking the tenor of the brief banter Asiwaju Tinubu had with journalists at the inauguration of Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. When asked about future political office, Asiwaju said he could not discount that possibility if the nation called upon him for such service, provided, he emphasized, that all political conditions were appropriate; particularly the office in question would have to be vacant, even if it’s local government chairmanship. In our political lexicon, this means the office is not held by a member of the APC in good standing. We all know this,” the statement read in part.