Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari has given fresh updates on the alleged rift between the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.
The presidential media aide said on Friday that the alleged cold war between the two leaders was nothing but ‘mere distraction.’
This, he stated in a column posted on his Facebook page on Friday, June 12.
It will be recalled Naija News previously reported that the Lagos APC had dissolved all political groups including The Mandate Group and the Justice Forum.
The decision was announced at the meeting of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) in Lagos on Tuesday, 9th June sparking rumours of a rift between Tinubu and Aregbesola in connection with the 2023 presidency.
However, Mr. Adesina on Friday said there was no truth in the rumours of a fight between the two political leaders.
He wrote, “Wednesday, June 10, 2020, was ‘judgment day’ for Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola. Incidentally, the day had broken with stories of denials of a rift between him and his political mentor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former two-term Governor of Lagos State, and National Leader of All Progressives Congress.
“The APC had outlawed all party sub-groups in Lagos, where Aregbesola had his political foundations, and still maintains a stranglehold, despite having been a two-term Governor in Osun State.
“The buzz was that the Minister was possibly eyeing the Presidency in 2023, a diadem also reportedly coveted by his mentor, so the rug had to be pulled off under his feet early enough. Frost followed. Cold War, said the rumor mills.
“Strident denials came from the Tinubu and Aregbesola camps. And it was mere distraction for the Minister, as he had a huge assignment ahead of him on that same Wednesday. It was his turn to brief the Federal Executive Council, headed by President Muhammadu Buhari, on his stewardship, since assuming office in August last year.”
Meanwhile, Tinubu’s camp has also denied a rift between their principal and Aregbesola. Tunde Rahman, Tinubu’s spokesman, dismissed reports of a rift between Tinubu and Aregbesola, a former governor of Osun State.