The Presidency on Thursday kept mum over the statement by President Muhammadu Buhari where he mentioned that it is unacceptable for someone sitting in Lagos to decide the fate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on zoning for the 2023 presidential election.
The President in an interview with Arise TV had said the party will be the ultimate decider on whose zone will produce his successor in 2023 and not someone sitting in Lagos.
“You cannot sit there in Lagos, for instance, and decide on the fate of APC on zoning.Therefore we should allow the party to decide.”
Many commentators on social media believed he was referring to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state and National leader of the APC.
“Of course, he is referring to no other person than Tinubu. Why mention Lagos out of the entire 36 states and Abuja?. You need to see the anger in his face when he said that” Gafar Olakanmi, an APC member in Lagos said.
When Daily Independent contacted Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President and asked if the President was referring to Tinubu, he paused and then promised to get back to our correspondent.
“I will get back to you. Hopefully, I will get back to you soon” he said.
Calls made by our correspondent to his line hours later were not answered.