National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has described as “untrue” reports that he is planning to strengthen his presidential ambition by planting his allies in key positions at the national assembly. The politician said those who feel they know his mind better than he does are spreading such rumours.
Tinubu said he aligned with President Muhammadu Buhari’s position on the leadership of the national assembly in order to show support for his second term in office. Buhari and the leadership of the ruling party have endorsed Ahmad Lawan as senate president and Femi Gbajabiamila as speaker of the house of representatives.
Gbajabiamila, an ally of Tinubu, was elected into the lower legislative chamber of the national assembly during the second term of the APC leader as governor of Lagos state.
In a statement from his media office on Sunday, Tinubu said he has no ulterior motive backing Lawan and Gbajabiamila.
He said his mind, heart and efforts are focused on making the APC and Buhari achieve their “shared vision of a flourishing economy and a prosperous people”.
Taking a swipe at Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of reps, Tinubu said the APC must do its best to avoid those who would frustrate Buhari in power.
He said under Saraki and Dogara’s leadership for four years, budgets were allegedly hijacked and padded while the interest of the party was not duly served.