Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress, APC’s presidential candidate, has denied rumors that he wants to move the Federal Capital Territory, or FCT, from Abuja to Lagos.
The APC candidate said that the opposition had started a multifaceted, frantic campaign of lies against him.
Unlike the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Atiku Abubakar, Tinubu added in a statement on Tuesday by the Director, Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council PCC, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, that he does not intend to sell the Nigerian National Petroleum Company NNPC Limited to his friends.
He claims that the PDP and Labour Party are responsible for the most recent sneaky campaign against him in some regions of the nation.
“After exhausting their arsenal of calumnies and character assassination against Tinubu, the opposition PDP and their surrogate Labour Party have begun a multi-pronged desperate campaign of falsehoods.
“In one of the falsehoods being circulated, especially in the North West of the country, Tinubu is said to harbour plans to relocate the Federal Capital from Abuja to Lagos on succeeding President Muhammad Buhari from 29th May, 2023”, he stated.
He claimed that some elders employed by the PDP are giving the defamation campaign some traction, in accordance with field reports.
“We are shocked that some people could contrive such egregious lie, all in the name of politics, with the intention to confuse our burgeoning support base in that part of the country.
“Let us say with emphasis, that Asiwaju does not contemplate any such plan and will not do anything that is so ultra-unconstitutional.
“The same purveyors of falsehood have also been distorting the commercialization of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited by the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The truth is that President Buhari has not privatised NNPC as planned by the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. Buhari has instead made it a commercial entity, owned by all the tiers of government, in line with the Petroleum Industry Act”, he stated.
According to Tinubu, the company will eventually be in a position to declare and distribute dividends to all of its shareholders, much like Saudi Aramco and Petrobas do in Brazil.
“As the destined successor of President Buhari, Asiwaju Tinubu will continue the policy of the Buhari administration. Unlike Atiku, Tinubu has no plan to sell NNPC to his friends or cronies”, he added.
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