The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has played down the reports of a ‘cabal’ running President Buhari's government, describing the reports as a 'myth'.
Tinubu who visited President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja made the statement while addressing State House Correspondents following his closed-door meeting with the president.
The former Lagos state governor also denied the reports that he was having a “frosty relationship” with President Buhari, labelling the reports as 'fake news'.
Tinubu revealed he had a fruitful discussion with the president and was confident in his [President Buhari] administration. He, however, declined to comment on whether he would support President Buhari for a second term in 2019.
On his meeting with the president, the APC Chieftain said;
"I just met with the President. Our discussion was fruitful, productive and it was about the country and leadership as a whole. And that got him excited and happy".
On reports that he was having a frosty relationship with the president and has been cast aside by the 'cabal', Tinubu said;
"Fake news. I have confidence in this President, there is no doubt about that. We worked hard to bring about the government, there are certain things that are unpredictable and those are things that can lean itself to gossips, insinuations and all of that".
"But once you create leadership and is functioning you don’t have to babysit that leadership unless there is a loss of confidence and I don’t have that. You know me. I’m not known to shy away from talking my mind and rebelling if it is necessary and taking charge of things that I believe are necessary".
“What is the myth in this leadership thing? What is cabal? Is a myth. We are the party of the people for the people and by the people and this is democratic environment".
"Each of us have our roles to play and that is why we are playing it. I don’t believe in the myth, I believe in confidence building, the trust that we have in the president. “In the journey of democracy, you are going to have twists and turns, you are going to have conflicts. Conflicts resolution mechanisms is inbuilt on how you handle your party and the governance and the party are joined by the hips".
Tinubu who also spoke on the upcoming National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the ruling party [APC] reiterated that the party was moving in the right direction, adding that the APC government was focused on the “development, welfare and progress” of Nigerians.
"Can you go back to the history of 16 years of the PDP? APC government is on course and will remain on course and we will remain focused on those necessary things about development, welfare and progress of our people".
"It is not easy to face the challenges and the well that was dug, the sinkhole that we inherited. We are sorting that one out actually so few steps we will find happiness and development in the future of our country".
Present at the meeting with President Buhari were Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker House of Reps Yakubu Dogara, APC National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun as well as Zamfara state governor Abdullaziz Yari. However, they all refused to address journalists after the meeting.
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