2023 Polls: Presidency Debunks Yakasai’s Claim Over Buhari’s Body Language towards Tinubu’s Campaign
- The presidency is not pleased with the comment of Tanko Yakasai who questioned President Muhammadu Buhari's loyalty to Bola Tinubu
- Yakasai, a reputable elder statesman, during a TV interview questioned President Buhari's commitment to Tinubu's campaign
- In response to his claims, the presidency described Yakasai as an old man who needs help
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FCT, Abuja - The presidency has debunked claims by Tanko Yakasai that President Muhammadu Buhari is not committed to the presidential campaign of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressive Congress (APC) standard-bearer.
This is according to a statement issued on Wednesday, January 25, by the presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
As reported by TheCable, it was gathered that the northern elder statesman during an interview questioned the commitment of President Buhari to the presidential campaign of Tinubu.
He was quoted saying;
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“Is he [Buhari] committed to Tinubu for the presidency? I have my doubts. I don’t know. But I have not seen the commitment from him of supporting the candidacy of Tinubu in APC.
"I’m not sure if he’s APC or not. Definitely, the personality of Tinubu doesn’t make him happy, I think, from my assessment of the situation.”
However, in the statement issued by the presidency in reaction to Yakasai's comment, the presidential spokesperson said the northern elder statesman is entitled to his opinion and needed little help.
The statement reads:
“Everyone is entitled to their view, but what we do know is that his insight in a recent interview does not come from within the party or the President’s team. His support for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is welcome although it is difficult to see what value it will add.
“He is right to highlight his experience as a senior citizen, a leader in government and his ability to reach out across divides are strong foundations for the highest office."
Presidency responds to Yakasai
Shehu noted that President Buhari's commitment to the presidential bid of Bola Tinubu remains unquestionable while pointing out that the president recently joined Tinubu in Bauchi for his campaign.
He also referred to Yakasai's comment about President Buhari as an unwise comment that would have been branded a misquoted comment if it weren't captured live on TV.
Shehu went on to urge electorates and supporters of the party not to take the words of Yakasai seriously while noting that the northern elder statesman needs help.
“On this one against President Buhari, no one should take him seriously. Perhaps times are hard and the old man needs a bit of help.”
Katsina state declares holiday for Buhari's work visit
In another development, President Muhammadu Buhari who is preparing to leave office in a few months has some engagements in some states in the coming days.
Katsina state will play host to President Buhari as he will be visiting the top northern state to inaugurate some key projects.
Following the planned visit of the president, the governor of Katsina state has declared a two-day holiday for civil servants so they can receive Buhari.