When making decisions, Buhari does not consider the so-called Cabal in the Presidential Villa — Garba Shehu
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, claims that his principal makes choices without consulting the so-called Aso Rock (Presidency) cabal.
He stated this in a statement released on Tuesday in response to the All Progressives Congress’s primary elections held last week.
Shehu believes Buhari’s decision not to impose a candidate demonstrates his commitment to democratic ideals.
He further stated that the election has disproved many reports that the president is at odds with Bola Tinubu, the winner of the presidential primaries, and other APC stalwarts.
“Those still attacking the APC and the President with conspiracy theories and all sorts of speculations about who did what or didn’t need to understand one important point about the country’s leader: President Buhari makes his own decisions and implements them without the help of a so-called “cabal” or back room boys,” he said.
“In Nigeria, the strong leader concept has persisted for far too long. People believe that if you are a leader, you control everything and can even influence electoral outcomes.
“Fortunately for Nigeria, President Buhari is not constrained in this way. He refuses to carry out his duties as the elected ruler.
“Prior to the primary, the President had a clear goal: to ensure a transparent, free, and fair process that would restore people’s faith in democracy by bringing excellent governance to the grassroots.”
“Since the completion of the APC nomination, people’s and the foreign community’s faith in our democracy has grown significantly.”
“It has been decided who will be the flagbearer. He has the President’s full backing. The road to victory is still ahead of us.”
SaharaReporters earlier highlighted how the Aso Rock cabal lobbied for former President Goodluck Jonathan to be the party’s consensus candidate ahead of the APC National Convention.
Following the failure of the conspiracy, there were claims that the cabal attempted to assure that the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, would be the party’s presidential candidate.
And, indeed, the APC’s National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, proclaimed Lawan as the party’s consensus candidate just before the convention began, claiming that he had conferred with Buhari.
Buhari, on the other hand, quickly disputed that any contestant had been chosen as the party’s consensus candidate.