The Presidency on Friday declared as unfounded insinuations in some quarters that President Muhammadu Buhari who campaigned vigorously for the emergence of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress ( APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has vowed not to hand over to him.
Rather, it said the Buhari-led government which is currently at transition stage, had constituted different committees to midwife a new administration come May 29, 2023.
The Presidency in a release entitled ‘THE PRESIDENT NEVER SAID HE WON’T HAND OVER TO ELECTED TINUBU’, issued by presidential spokesperson, Mallam Garba Shehu, also added that the home town of President Buhari in Daura, Katsina state with arrangements for the returnof their son after his eight-year tenure as Nigerian President.
The release stated, inter alia: “The Presidency wishes to denounce as outrageous and fake, and condemns the fake news brigade for attributing a false quote to President Muhammadu Buhari and circulating it.
“How can you vigorously campaign for somebody, vote for him and then say you won’t hand over to him? This beggars belief.
“The situation of the Sahara Reporters is pretty pathetic since their ownership is politically partisan in today’s politics, in fact a loser in the presidential election. Instead of talking about issues, they repeatedly sell lies in the hope that people believe them as truth.
“The government is already in transition phase. The Transition Committee, made up of representatives of the outgoing administration and the incoming one is meeting on an almost daily basis planning the handover to the Tinubu/Shettima administration.
“Thirteen committees as offshoots of the main committee, some, to arrange military drills and pulling out of President Buhari, are either all at work or soon to be. So far, everything is going very well and there is no indication of any hitches.
“As for the President, the Daura community has begun their preparations to receive their son back after the successful administration of the country for two terms of eight years. He, for his part, is eager to return home to enjoy his retirement”.
Deji Elumoye in Abuja