The Presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has disclosed that contrary to speculations by the opposition, there is no plan by his team to relocate the Nigerian capital back to Lagos state. Nigerian capital was relocated from Lagos state to Abuja by a former Military leader, General Ibrahim Babangida on December 12, 1991. In a recent build-up of political tension ahead of the 2023 general election, there has been speculations and rumour in the opposition camp that the former Governor of Lagos when elected has a plan of relocating the capital back to Lagos.
However, the Presidential campaign Council for Tinubu issued a statement on behalf of the party that there is no such plan.
The statement partly reads; “The All Progressives Congress, APC Presidential Campaign Council hereby alerts Nigerians about the latest insidious campaign in some parts of the country against our candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. After exhausting their arsenal of calumnies and character assassination against Tinubu, the opposition PDP and their surrogate Labour Party have begun a multi-pronged desperate campaign of falsehoods.”
“In one of the falsehoods being circulated, especially in the North West of the country, Tinubu is said to harbour plans to relocate the Federal Capital from Abuja to Lagos on succeeding President Muhammad Buhari from 29th May 2023. This misinformation campaign, according to field reports, is being given some traction by some elders on the payroll of the Peoples Democratic Party.
According to the campaign council, “We are shocked that some people could contrive such egregious lie, all in the name of politics, with the intention to confuse our burgeoning support base in that part of the country. Let us say with emphasis, that Asiwaju does not contemplate any such plan and will not do anything that is so ultra-unconstitutional.
The council explained that “The same purveyors of falsehood have also been distorting the commercialization of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited by the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari. The truth is that President Buhari has not privatised NNPC as planned by the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. Buhari has instead made it a commercial entity,
owned by all the tiers of government, in line with the Petroleum Industry Act.
Meanwhile, “In due course, the company will be in a position to declare and share dividends to all its owners, the way Aramco of Saudi Arabia and Petrobas of Brazil do. As the destined successor of President Buhari, Asiwaju Tinubu will continue the policy of the Buhari administration. Unlike Atiku, Tinubu has no plan to sell NNPC to his friends or cronies,” read the statement signed by Bayo Onanuga, Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign, the statement added.