The Caretaker Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Governor of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has alleged plans by some mischievous elements to cause disaffection with the aim of distracting the ruling party from its onerous task of rebuilding the nation and to discredit the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
Buni, in a statement on Friday by his spokesperson, Mallam Mamman Mohammed in which he was reacting to a lead story in the Daily Independent captioned: “Fresh Crisis in APC as Lawan, Buni Bicker over 2023 Presidency,” described it as junk journalism, a false, delusive, fallacious and a misleading figment of somebody’s imagination:
The statement read in part that: “Our attention has been drawn to the lead story of the Daily Independent Newspaper of Friday 7th May, 2021 captioned “Fresh Crisis in APC as Lawan, Buni Bicker over 2023 Presidency.
“It is regrettable and unimaginable that a National Daily could resort to junk journalism to publish a false, delusive, fallacious and a misleading figment of somebody’s imagination.”
Buni said he imagined that “such unethical and unprofessional fabrications can be a lead story in any acclaimed National Newspaper.”
He said: “However, we are conscious of the satanic plans being orchestrated by some mischievous elements to cause disaffection to distract the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the party from the onerous task of rebuilding the party and, to discredit the President Muhammadu Buhari led government.”
He said: “For the avoidance of doubt, there is no any disagreement as a grain of wheat between their Excellencies the President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan and the Executive Governor of Yobe state who doubles as Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni.
“They have remained good brothers in a very good relationship with a common goal of contributing to the development of their state, party and country.”
Buni’s spokesperson said: “His Excellency the Governor of Yobe and Chairman APC Caretaker committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, wish to make it abundantly clear that he is heavily preoccupied with the task of governance of his state and rebuilding the party.
“It amounts to insubordination for any loyal party member to start canvassing for any political office two years into the tenure of a sitting President from the party.”
He added that: “It should be noted that President Muhammadu Buhari has two more years to complete his tenure, it is compulsory on the party and every loyal member to support him and the APC administration. We cannot contemplate anything outside the set plans of the party.”
The governor lamented that it was most unfortunate that Daily Independent could be a tool of spreading falsehood and played into the hands of ambitious politicians with sinister plans against the APC.
He however warned the media to desist from any form of manipulation and stand for truth and justice at all times.