The National Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has said that he has resolved not to discuss the issue of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election.
This came as Tibubu met with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday, as a prelude to the critical party organs meetings, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, he dismissed as a myth, the notion of the existence of a cabal which is thought in some quarters to have been determining the course of things at the seat of power.
Tinubu also said that suggestions that he was not in good terms with the President, was “fake news”.
However, he declined to comment on the increasing calls for Buhari to contest the 2019 Presidential election.
On the calls for Buhari to run for a second term, the party chieftain quipped: “Do not discuss that one with me.”
While noting that he had a fruitful discussion with the President of the country and leadership as a whole, he added that Buhari was excited about the session.
On the reports that he was unhappy, he 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 lend itself to gossips, insinuations, and all of that.
“But once you create leadership and is functioning, you do not have to babysit that leadership, unless there is a loss of confidence, and I do not have that.
“You know me. I am 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 the democratic environment.
“Each of us have our roles to play, and that is why we are playing it. I do not 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.”
On whether Tuesday’s APC National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting would be for fence-mending, Tinubu replied: “Did I tell you that? Why do you want to know. Are you a member of our party?”
Asked whether the APC was still on course as a ruling party, he stated: “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 to those necessary things about development, welfare, and progress of our people.
“Is not easy to face the challenges, and the well that was dug, sinkhole that we inherited, but we are sorting that one out gradually. So, few steps we will find happiness and development in the future of our country.”