Bola Tinubu, the candidate for president of the ruling All Progressives Congress, will do well in office, according to President Muhammadu Buhari.
At the APC presidential campaign event on Saturday in front of thousands of supporters, he made this statement in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State.
According to news reports, there have been rumors of animosity between the President and Tinubu as a result of the latter’s recent utterances, which claimed that the Presidency might be sabotaging his (Tinubu’s) presidential quest with the current fuel shortage and currency redesign.
In Ogun State, during the APC presidential rally, Tinubu, speaking in Yoruba, was quoted to have said “Hide the petrol, hide the naira, we will still vote, we will win”
He went on to say, “Even if you change the ink on naira notes, what you want will not happen. We will win. That umbrella party will lose. We will take this government from them — saboteurs that are dragging power with us.”
This caused a lot of reactions from politicians and party chieftains, suggesting a crack in the relationship between Buhari and the APC presidential candidate.
Quelling the rumours, Buhari, while speaking at the Nasarawa rally, confirmed that his friendship with Tinubu spanned over 20 years, assuring Nigerians that the APC presidential candidate would be a good president that would make the country better after him.
Buhari said, “I am happy to be part of the campaign today for Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the next President of Nigeria and Governor (Abdullahi) Sule for his second and final term.
“We will win through and through. I trust Tinubu’s dedication and service. I have known Bola Tinubu for more than 20 years. I will continue to campaign for him. He is a committed Nigerian and I believe he will give everything to make Nigeria better.
“He loves this country. He is a believer in Nigeria and I am sure he will do everything possible to advance the well-being of all of us as citizens. He will hold this country with trust. You should cherish him.
“Those of you who are here, I urge you to go back to your friends and family to tell them to vote for him. We will all vote for Bola Ahmed Tinubu as president.”
In his speech at the gathering, Tinubu praised the President’s bravery, saying that he “continues to deliver leadership with boldness and courage despite all the hurdles,” and he also remarked that the nation will overcome its difficulties.
Speaking further, the APC presidential candidate said those who have concluded that there was a crack had their joy cut short because their friendship was “strong, enduring and about nation-building”.