Former Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Tinubu, has denied ever saying he spent N35 billion on the elections that ushered in President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and 2019.
In the wake of the disbandment of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC), a report had claimed that the former governor who is referred to as the national leader of the party had expressed regrets that he spent so much on the president.
According to the report, he expressed his regrets while having a discussion with Bisi Akande, former interim chairman of the APC. He was quoted as saying the dissolution of the national working committee of the party was a betrayal by the president.
However, in a statement Tunde Rahman, his spokesman, dismissed the claims as false.
Rahman’s statement reads in full:
“The authors of the libelous report claimed Asiwaju made the allegation in a discussion with former APC Interim Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande.
“Firstly, no one person elected President Buhari. He was elected by the generality of Nigerian electorate. Asiwaju Tinubu would not arrogate to himself the commendable decision taken by the people. Also, that outlandish claim only existed in the imagination of the authors of the story.
“Asiwaju rooted for President Buhari’s election and in 2015 and re-election in 2019 along with other right-thinking political leaders and teeming members of APC and Nigerians across the country.
“He has no reason to regret the rightful decision or describe President Buhari as ‘ungrateful’. He remains steadfast in his support for the president and the programmes and policies of his administration as he has always been.
“Nothing has occurred to warrant any change of heart.”