Shehu described such rumours as unfounded and mischievous, adding that the president was highly embarrassed by such insinuations.
He said that the president has been in regular contact with Tinubu before, during and after the Ondo State gubernatorial election, stating that any suggestions that Mr. Buhari and the party machinery were working to destroy Tinubu had no foundation in truth or any credibility.
Shehu also explained that the president was impressed by Tinubu’s assurance not to work against the party in Ondo State and so far, has kept to his words.
According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Buhari regards Bola Tinubu as a priceless political asset to the party whose immeasurable contributions to the development and progress of the ruling party are known to all.
Shehu advised rumour mongers to stop spreading the seeds of discord and animosity between the president and Tinubu or the party, adding that the president is proud of Bola Tinubu and his pivotal role in the party and the movement.
He also stated that the president commended Tinubu’s spirit of comradeship in promptly congratulating Rotimi Akeredolu, who was elected Governor of Ondo State.
“The president also noted that at a time his administration is preoccupied with governance issues, rumours of divisions and alleged scheming within the party are counterproductive to internal unity and cohesion in APC,” he said.
He appealed to APC members and supporters to henceforth stay away from rumours that could dent the unity of the party.