Cabal in Presidency? It’s a myth, says Tinubu after meeting Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met behind closed doors with a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Before his meeting with Tinubu, Buhari had earlier met with the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Dogara Yakubu.

The two meetings between the President and his visitors took place at the new Banquet hall.

Buhari, had on October 26, met with the leaders of the National Assembly after the cancellation of the planned dinner for lawmakers in the Presidential Villa.

The President was to host the lawmakers to dinner at the new Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja, by 8:30p.m. on Thursday.

He, however, met behind closed doors at his official residence with Saraki and Dogara with the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and some presidential aides in attendance.

 

Addressing State House correspondents after meeting with Buhari, Tinubu denied the report that his relationship with the president is no longer cordial.

He said the meeting with the president was fruitful and also expressed confidence in the APC.

“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,” he said.

“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.

“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.”

Reacting to the report of a cabal in the presidency, Tinubu said: “What is the myth in this leadership thing? What is cabal? It’s a myth.

“We are the party of the people for the people and by the people and this is a democratic environment. Each of us has 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.”

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