National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has declined reports that he spent N35 billion on the elections of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and 2019.
A report had cited Tinubu as communicating laments that he spent heavily on the president.
The report said while having a conversation with Bisi Akande, previous interim administrator of the APC, on the disintegration of the national working council of the decision party, Tinubu blamed the president for deceiving him.
However, Tinubu in a statement by his spokesman, Tunde Rahman, Tinubu dismissed the claims.
“Firstly, no one person elected President Buhari. He was elected by the generality of Nigerian electorate. Asiwaju Tinubu would not arrogate you himself the commendable decision taken by the people. Also, that outlandish claim only existed in the imagination of the authors of the story.
“Asiwaju rooted for President Buhari’s election and in 2015 and re-election in 2019 along with other right-thinking political leaders and teeming members of APC and Nigerians across the country.
“He has no reason to regret the rightful decision or describe President Buhari as ‘ungrateful’. He remains steadfast in his support for the president and the programmes and policies of his administration as he has always been.
“Nothing has occurred to warrant any change of heart.” The statement said since reference was made to how Akinwunmi Ambode, a former governor of Lagos, could not secure another term, it is possible that those behind the report “betrayed where they came from”.
“Asiwaju has put the events of 2019 behind him. He has moved on. Indeed, Lagos has moved on. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is providing good, purposeful and responsible leadership. Lagosian are enjoying the fruits of good governance under the able and dynamic governor Sanwo-Olu.