A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu Monday, declined to comment on the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Tinubu fielded questions from State House correspondents after holding a meeting with the President behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa.
Asked to comment on calls by different groups on the President to seek re-election in 2019, Tinubu simply said, “Don’t discuss that one with me.”
On his mission to the Villa, the former Lagos Governor said, “I just met with the President. Our discussion was fruitful, productive and it was about the country and leadership as a whole. And that got him excited and happy.”
Reacting to insinuation that he’s no longer on the same page with President Buhari, 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 lean itself to gossips, insinuations and all of that.
“But once you create leadership and is functioning you don’t have to babysit that leadership unless there is an loss of confidence and I don’t have that.
“You know me. I’m 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 democratic environment. Each of us have our roles to play and that is why we are playing it. I don’t 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.
” 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.”