Bola Ahmed Tinubu aka Jagaban is a priceless political asset – Presidency
There is special things people dont know about the man called Bola Ahmed Tinubu aka Jagaban (born 29 March 1952) was elected Senator for the Lagos West constituency in Lagos State, Nigeria in 1993, just before a military take-over in December 1993.
After the return to democracy, he was elected governor of Lagos State, holding office from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He is an influential member of the All Progressives Congress party; he also holds both the chieftaincy of the Asiwaju of Lagos and that of the Jagaban of the Borgu Kingdom in Niger State, Nigeria. He is often tagged the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) party with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has dismissed the insinuation that President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC leadership are at odds with one of the party chieftains, Bola Tinubu.
Shehu described such rumours as unfounded and mischievous, adding that the president was highly embarrassed by such “suggestions”.
He said that the president was in regular contact with Tinubu before, during and after the Ondo State gubernatorial election.
He said any suggestions that the president and the party machinery were working to destroy Tinubu had no foundation in truth or any credibility.
Shehu explained that the president was impressed by Tinubu’s assurance not to work against the party in Ondo State and he honoured his words.
According to him, Buhari regards 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.
He added that “the president is proud of Jagaban and his pivotal role in the party and the movement.’’
He said 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 ignore rumours that could harm party unity.