The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has made some clarifications on meeting between Tinubu and the former vice president Atiku Abubakar.
Some Nigerians had expressed mixed views over the meeting, saying that the two leaders may be nursing the ambition of forming a new party ahead of 2023. In its reaction, the APC on Saturday, May 29, however, dismissed the claim that the meeting between the two leaders was pre-scheduled
Following the mixed reactions that greeted the meeting of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the former vice president Atiku Abubakar at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Friday, May 28, the ruling party has reacted. Leakblast reporters had earlier reported that some Twitter users insisted that the meeting of the two leaders may not be unconnected with the race to the 2023 presidential election.
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu receives Atiku at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja as ex-VP returns from Dubai.
Reacting to the rumour, the APC, however, set the record straight on Saturday, May 29, via its official Twitter account, @APCUKingdom, that Tinubu met Atiku at the airport by chance.
It also both statesmen arrived at the airport at about the same time and exchanged courtesies before continuing on their separate journeys. According to the party, the brief ‘meeting’ was not pre-planned, adding that Asiwaju Tinubu was not part of an entourage to welcome the former vice president back to Nigeria.
The tweet read: “A tweet by one Reno Omokri @renoomokri, posted on Twitter at 6:24 am on May 29th, 2021, with a video captioned: “Tinubu Receives @atiku at airport as former VP returns to Nigeria” has been brought to our attention.
Nigerians must disregard Reno Omokri’s alleged claim.
The party also appealed to Nigerians to disregard and discountenance what it called the petty, baloney, and clout-chasing tweet manufactured by Reno Omokri.
“We appeal to Nigerians to disregard and discountenance the petty, baloney, and clout-chasing tweet manufactured by the dubious character named Reno Omokri a.k.a Wendell Smith Thank you.”
A new party will emerge if APC denies Tinubu ticket in 2023.
Meanwhile, Leakblast reporters had previously reported that a chieftain of the APC in Oyo state, Saheed Akinade-Fijabi, said that there would be the emergence of a third party if the ruling party denies Asiwaju Bola Tinubu its presidential ticket in 2023.
It was reported that the former lawmaker stated that another political party may come on board in favour of Tinubu to tackle PDP and APC so as to make the dream of the APC national leader in becoming Nigeria’s next president a reality. Fijabi, however, said that APC would come back stronger in 2023 in the state because reconciliation is currently ongoing within the party to bring back all the aggrieved party members into one fold.
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