The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has denied ever making statements labelling President Muhammadu Buhari as a religious bigot or making any negative remark about the President.
Tinubu who challenged those attributing such statements to him said they should come out and identify where and when he made such statements.
He further described them as agents of fake news who are bent on sowing seeds of discord between him and the President.
Tinubu made his stand known in a statement released on Friday by his media aide, Tunde Rahman in reaction to a content been shared on social media platforms.
“Let’s dissect it: Yes Asiwaju and GMB as he then was, were not in the same party in 2003. But they were not on each other’s path to warrant any hard feelings in the first instance. GMB was contesting for the presidency in 2003, Asiwaju was Lagos governor seeking re-election which he got. GMB was contesting against President Obasanjo.
“Truth is Asiwaju would even wish that GMB defeated the dictatorial President Obasanjo who ruled the country on his whims. Against a clear decision of the Supreme Court Obasanjo seized Lagos allocation and did many unthinkable. Asiwaju would not descend so low as to label anyone ethnic bigot or religious fanatic.
“These words are neither of him nor relate to him in any way. The agents of darkness who are bent on sowing seeds of discord at this time the nation is confronting challenges of insecurity and religious extremism should tell us when he uttered those words.
“Where did he speak? Was it a newspaper interview? Was it a public lecture? No source. No attribution. The merchants of fake news just did a fantastic quote to cause mischief and create discord. We should not allow them,” Rahman said.
Meanwhile, Naija News recalls some reports have also suggested that Asiwaju Tinubu is nursing the ambition of becoming Nigeria’s President after Buhari in 2023.
However, Tinubu, when asked on the rumours, said it was too early to start talking about the politics of 2023 as it will distract the current leaders from focusing on the task of Nation building.