Mohammed Abba Gana, a member of the board of trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and a former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, has said that information available to him shows that national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, will rather back PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar, than support his party’s candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari .
Gana in an interview on Friday, November 2, 2018, with Saturday Sun said that the former Lagos governor would work for Atiku because of political exigency and his long standing relationship with him.
He said: “You know that Atiku is very friendly with former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. They formed the APC government together. I am sure that Tinubu may realise that he faces less danger with the Atiku president. They have common businesses and I am sure they would work together. Tinubu has more things in common with Atiku than Buhari.”
However, reacting swiftly to the claim, Tinubu on Friday once again expressed his commitment to the re-election ambition of Buhari in next year’s general elections.
The former governor was reacting through his Media Adviser Tunde Rahman said in a statement by Rahman reads: “His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Tinubu indicated long ago where he stood on the matter of the 2019 election. He has continued to say he remains firmly behind that patriot, President Muhammadu Buhari, in his mission to rebuild the country from the ruins of the PDP years.
Only two days ago, he restated this position while speaking with correspondents at the State House in Abuja. He said the PDP could hold their meetings anywhere they liked and that Nigerians know who means well for them and is trustworthy. “Where the former FCT Minister, Abba Gana got his conviction that Asiwaju Tinubu would do otherwise is left only to himself.
“Yes, His Excellency Asiwaju has had a relationship with former Vice President, His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, just like he has had with many of other leaders in his political journey. But this is about Nigeria, the well-being of the country and of Nigerians. On this score, he has made his pick.
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