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2023: Buhari’s Support For Tinubu Not In Doubt – Presidency Replies Tanko Yakasai

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari
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January 25, (THEWILL) – The Presidency, on Wednesday, said the support of President Muhammadu Buhari for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is not in doubt.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement, in response to a remark by an elder statesman and Chieftain of the APC, Tanko Yakasai.

Yakasai, in a recent interview on TV, questioned the commitment and loyalty of President Buhari to Tinubu’s Presidential bid.

While reacting to Yakasai’s comment, Shehu urged the people to ignore him.

“On this one against President Buhari, no one should take him seriously”, he said, adding that “perhaps times are hard and the old man needs a bit of help.”

He described Yakasai as an unknown member of the ruling party.

The statement read: “Alhaji Tanko Yakasai is unknown to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Everyone is entitled to their view, but what we do know is that his insight in a recent interview does not come from within the party or the President’s team.

“His support for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is welcome, although it is difficult to see what value it will add.

“He is right to highlight his experience as a senior citizen, a leader in government and ability to reach out across divides are strong foundations for the highest office.

“But Yakasai’s questioning of the loyalties of President Muhammadu Buhari stands in sharp contrast to the actions of the President.

“Only on Monday, he was out at a rally in Bauchi supporting the flag bearer of the party. Presidential duties permitting, he is scheduled to make further appearances at campaign events in the coming weeks.

”His support for the party’s candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is unquestioned.

“If this wasn’t on TV, Yakasai’s unwise comment on the issue would have been dismissed as a misquotation. But he was live on TV.

“On this one against President Buhari, no one should take him seriously.

“Perhaps times are hard and the old man needs a bit of help.”