National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday, dismissed suggestions of a clash between him and Governor Babatunde Fashola on account of the just concluded governorship primaries of the party.
Asiwaju Tinubu declared in a statement in Lagos that the insinuation and similar ones about Lagos politics and the personalities involved are “pure conjectures or outright falsehood.”
He blamed those he called political charlatans and enemies for “fuelling unnecessary rumour and insinuations and seeking to drive a wedge in an otherwise cordial and respectful political relationship.”
Citing one such newspaper story yesterday, he said: “My relationship with Governor Fashola remains cordial both at the personal level and at the level of commitment to ensuring Lagos State remains on the path of political stability, growth and development
“Whether Governor Fashola had a specific candidate or not isn’t the issue here. What is important is to have a transparent process in the spirit of democracy to which we both subscribe.
“We often debate, agree or disagree. But when it comes to concluding on the interest of Lagos State, we are on the same page. The current situation and issues around the Lagos Gubernatorial primary are been overblown.
“What we have done is ensure that no one is denied his or her rights to participate and compete for any elective position. Such a disposition should not translate into anger and divisiveness of the party as it is being peddled.
“Conflicts and disagreements are part of every political process. The capacity to solve these conflicts in-house and not on the pages of newspaper is a tradition in Lagos.
“At my age and with my level of political experience, I am expected to seek for solutions, work for reconciliations and find a common ground where disagreements exist. That is what I have dedicated myself to in the larger interest of Lagos State and Nigeria at large. That is what Governor Babatunde Fashola and myself are about. That is what Lagos State deserves as Nigeria’s pacesetter in terms of democracy and development.”[The Nation]