Presidency blows Yakasai over criticism of Buhari’s support for APC rally


*Says President backing Tinubu unquestionable

By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

Presidency Wednesday, profusely reacted to comments by a northern elder Alhaji Tanko Yakasai for questioning the stands of President Muadu Buhari for the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming election in February this year.

According to the Presidency, “Alhaji Tanko Yakasai is unknown to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Everyone is entitled to their view, but what we do know is that his insight in a recent interview does not come from within the party or the President’s team. His support for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is welcome although it is difficult to see what value it will add.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement, doubted if Yakasai’s support for Tinubu will add value in the outcome of the election.

“He is right to highlight his experience as a senior citizen, a leader in government and ability to reach out across divides are strong foundations for the highest office.

“But Yakasai’s questioning of the loyalties of President Muhammadu Buhari stands in sharp contrast to the actions of the President. Only on Monday, he was out at a rally in Bauchi supporting the flag bearer of the party. Presidential duties permitting, he is scheduled to make further appearances at campaign events in the coming weeks.

”His (President Buhari) support for the party’s candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is unquestioned.

“If this wasn’t on TV, Yakasai’s unwise comment on the issue would have been dismissed as a misquotation. But he was live on TV,” the presidency stated.

On this one against President Buhari, no one should take him seriously, adding, “Perhaps times are hard and the old man needs a bit of help.”