Following the mixed reactions that greeting the meeting of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the former vice president Atiku Abubakar at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Friday, May 28, the ruling party has reacted.
Reacting to the rumour, the APC, however, set the record straight on Saturday, May 29, via its official Twitter account, @APCUKingdom, that Tinubu met Atiku at the airport by chance.
It also both statesmen arrived at the airport at about the same time and exchanged courtesies before continuing on their separate journeys.
According to the party, the brief ‘meeting’ was not pre-planned, adding that Asiwaju Tinubu was not part of an entourage to welcome the former vice president back to Nigeria.
The tweet read:
“A tweet by one Reno Omokri @renoomokri, posted on Twitter at 6:24 am on May 29th, 2021, with a video captioned: “Tinubu Receives @atiku at airport as former VP returns to Nigeria” has been brought to our attention.
“This is to inform the general public that the information contained in the above-referenced tweet is fake, erroneous, and mischievously contrived by the fake news advocate to mislead Nigerians, chase clout and gain undeserved recognition.”
“His Excellency, former Governor of Lagos state and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar met last night, May 28th, 2021 at the airport by chance!”
The party also appealed to Nigerians to disregard and discountenance what it called the petty, baloney, and clout-chasing tweet manufactured by Reno Omokri.
“We appeal to Nigerians to disregard and discountenance the petty, baloney, and clout-chasing tweet manufactured by the dubious character named Reno Omokri a.k.a Wendell Smith Thank you.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a chieftain of the APC in Oyo state, Saheed Akinade-Fijabi, said that there would be the emergence of a third party if the ruling party denies Asiwaju Bola Tinubu its presidential ticket in 2023.