Tinubu who paid the President a visit at the Presidential villa spoke with State House correspondent. Asked whether he agreed with different groups and individuals calling on Buhari to seek re-election in 2019, Tinubu simply responded,
“Don’t discuss that one with me.”
Tinubu described the claims that he is not happy with the President because he has been sidelined by a cabal as a fake news. He said he had confidence in Buhari, hence, he did not have to be babysitting him.
“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 lean itself to gossips, insinuations and all of that.
“But once you create leadership and it is functioning, you don’t have to babysit that leadership unless there is a loss of confidence and I don’t have that.
“You know me. I’ve 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? It is a myth.”
The former Governor of Lagos remains one of the most influential leaders of the ruling APC, he reassured that Tuesday’s meeting of the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the party will be rancour free.
The APC, despite being the ruling party, has faced several internal strifes and has not been able to hold a NEC meeting since July 2015.
Tinubu had also called for the removal of the party’s National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, in a public spat between the two leaders.
He, however, said on Monday that despite the crisis in the governing party, it is on the right course.
“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 on those necessary things about development, welfare and progress of our people
“It is not easy to face the challenges and the well that was dug, the sinkhole that we inherited. But we are sorting that one out gradually; so in few steps, we will find happiness and development in the future of our country.”