The presidency has denied an alleged security watch on the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu over an alleged plot against President Muhammadu Buhari,
A national, daily Saturday Sun had reported that the former Lagos State Governor was put under surveillance over an alleged plot against President Muhammadu Buhari.
The president’s senior special assistant on media, Garba Shehu in a statement, advised Nigerians to ignore the story because it is false and baseless.
“The attention of the presidency has been drawn to a false and sensational story by a leading newspaper to the effect that a pillar of the governing party, the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is “under security watch over alleged plot against Buhari.
“We wish to confirm without any equivocation that the Asiwaju is not of any particular interest to any arm of the security services. The relationship between him and the president cannot be better than it is at the moment.
“According to the perverted logic of the newspaper, the respected leader of the APC is into a plot against the leader of the country. The presidency is unaware of any such plots against the President.”
Saturday Sun insinuated in a front-page story that many leaders of the APC, including Tinubu were disappointed when the ministerial list, released on Tuesday October 6 was unveiled.
“Indeed when the list was unveiled last week, many of the party leaders including Tinubu were upset and left in shock. Rather than pick the choice of Tinubu in the South West, Buhari selected former governors Babatunde Fashola (Lagos) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), both estranged political god¬sons of Tinubu.”
Shehu stressed that going by all intelligence sources, the story is a complete fabrication and contained not an iota of truth.
“I got on the phone a short while ago with General Babagana Munguno, the National Security Adviser and the Director General of the SSS, Lawal Daura who both dismissed the published reports as acts of pure mischief. They are not aware of the Asiwaju being on any kind of watch.”
The presidential spokesman alleged deliberate consistent campaign by some media outfits to cause acrimony within the ruling party.
“It would appear that a competition is on between two or three newspaper establishments on how best to breach the excellent relationship between the pillars of our party and government.
“So far, they have not made headway and there is no indication that they will succeed in the future. It suffices to say that such reports, written without fairness and balance can only take away from whatever is left of the credibility of these newspapers. The general public is hereby advised to ignore them on these reports.”