Ahmed Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied claims that his “demands” from President Muhammadu Buhari have soiled their relationship.
But unconfirmed online media reports said Tinubu wanted to nominate three ministerial slots into the Buhari government: Finance, Petroleum Resources and Attorney General of the Federation.
Speaking to journalists at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday after breaking fast with the President, Tinubu said he respects Buhari and remains loyal to him.
The former governor of Lagos State said: “I have made no demands. If you understand what party politics and leadership is all about, it is about loyalty and commitment to the values which the leadership believes in.
“I believe in what the President believes in. I respect him and I stand firmly loyal to his cause. So you can go to any length of speculation that you might want, I have not responded to all of that because I understand the President and the President understands me clearly.”
He refused to comment on the crises in the National Assembly. “That is an area where I am very cautious of my position and my utterances. I still want to keep my side of the interpretation or analysis to be able to achieve a resolution of the matter as quickly as possible,” he said.
“I am backing what the President has carefully enumerated and articulated to the party. The party is supreme. The party must have disciplined leadership and followers. The party’s process must be respected because that is the confidence and the trust of the people.
“However, in every environment, we should have conflict; that is politics and conflict resolution mechanism would be applied to resolve all the problems, so we are there. There is honour in every struggle and in every competition, there must be honour in victory too.”
Tinubu promised that APC would avoid the mistake of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). “We are different, we cannot be PDP. We are APC; we will not repeat their mistakes. We know their mistakes, errors, we understand what Nigeria wanted and Nigerians gave this party victory because of our manifesto,” he said.
“We are pro-people, we are progressives. We have had a conservative government in the last 16 years, this is a progressive party, just coming in barely 30 days. We understand the hope of Nigerians. We understand the expectations of Nigerians. We believe in that expectation and in our promise of prosperity to the people. We will not change that.” Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of Rivers State, also attended the breaking of fast.