Terhemen Abua with additional reports from Punch.
Bola Tinubu, the leader of the All Progressive’s Congress APC, has said there was no iota of truth in the speculation that he may emerge as President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate for the 2019 presidential election.
He described as a “classic case of utterly and irredeemably – fake news”, that he was being mooted as Buhari’s running mate in 2019 to boost the APC’s chances in the Southwest.
His Media office stated that there are speculations of Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo, a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, withdrawing from politics in 2019 to return to full church work.
The office, however, described the report as false, insisting that the former Lagos State governor and Nigerians “have absolute confidence and are exceedingly proud of the excellent job that Osinbajo is doing as Vice-President of Nigeria”.
It further stated that there is no empirical or logical basis for this mischievously speculative story.
The office queried, “Is it even conceivable, as the story recklessly insinuates, that Yemi Osinbajo would be considering returning to full church work rather than run with his boss, President Buhari, for a second term if the latter so decides without as much as discussing such a sensitive issue with his party and with Asiwaju Tinubu?
For the avoidance of doubt, Asiwaju Tinubu has absolute confidence and faith in both President Buhari and Vice-President Osinbajo, who have been working hard harmoniously in offering inspirational leadership to Nigeria at a most critical period in her history, the office added.