Contrary to media reports, Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, claimed on Saturday that he had no meetings with the PDP’s five governors while he was in London.
The former governor of Lagos State issued a warning to those spreading rumours about him and penning unsupported articles.
He did, however, add that he had the right to meet with any political figure or stakeholder who was relevant to his campaign and his plans for the nation and wanted to talk to him.
The party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have been at odds with the G-5 forum, which is chaired by Governor Nyesom Wike of the state of Rivers.
Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Samuel Ortom (Benue) are additional G-5 members.
The group, also known as Integrity Group, insisted that they would not support Atiku unless Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s chairman, was ousted.
However, Tinubu claimed in a statement released yesterday by his media office and signed by Mr. Tunde Rahman that the media’s reporting on the alleged meeting was, to put it mildly, in bad faith and harboured malign intentions.
He stated that he was unwaveringly committed to his campaign goals, which are designed to help him win the upcoming presidential election and implement the APC’s Action Plan, which aims to give our people a Renewed Hope in all areas of their lives.
The APC presidential candidate made it clear that neither the articles nor their well-known sponsors bothered him.
The truth, according to Tinubu, is that he arrived in London on Boxing Day, Monday, December 26, 2022, to spend a few days getting ready for his trip to Saudi Arabia.
He said that after spending some time in London, he had travelled to Mecca and was currently performing the Umrah.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was in London during the week on his way to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, as is customary with him when a year is coming to an end to take time off his busy schedules, take a little rest, and proceed to Saudi Arabia to observe Umrah (Lesser Hajj).
“While in the UK, Asiwaju Tinubu took note of some articles in some national newspapers in Nigeria that claimed a secret meeting between him and the G-5 governors, who are all PDP members, was held in London.
“These reports, to put it mildly, are not only maliciously intended, but also made in bad faith. They were released in order to further the political objectives of the authors and their backers.
But we must emphasize that the APC candidate has the right to meet with any political figure or stakeholder who is crucial to his campaign and his plans for the nation and who wishes to engage with him, he continued.
The former governor of Lagos State announced that he would be coming home in the next two days to carry on the campaign.
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