By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has debunked a news publication alleging that he will run for the Presidency in 2019.
Tuesday’s edition of THISDAY newspaper had alleged that Tinubu is actively planning a presidential run.
The story carried the headline “Tinubu Prepares for Presidential Run, Dumps PDP, Mega Party Alliance”.
Reacting to the publication in a statement issued by his media office on Tuesday, Tinubu not only debunked the suggestion, he also alleged that it (the publication) was calculated to put a wedge between him and President Muhammadu Buhari.
Setting the records straight, the statement reads that “First, Asiwaju Tinubu is not gearing up for a presidential run… 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.”
Going down memory lane, the statement added that “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.”