Ghanaian president, Nana Akufo-Addo, has denied urging the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to resign in favour of the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Peter Obi.
In a statement on Tuesday, August 10, 2022 shared via his verified Twitter handle; Akufo-Addo called the accusations completely incorrect. Further, he claimed he never instructed Tinubu to withdraw from the run for Nigerian president in 2023.
A post on Facebook alleged that the Ghanaian President advised Tinubu to get out of the race and back Peter Obi due to health concerns.
He has now denied the report, calling it a complete hoax and malicious; while asserting that it is not his duty to meddle in Nigerian politics.
The statement shared on his Twitter page concerning the development reads; “My attention has been drawn to a disturbing post making the rounds on social media…It is alleged I have written to the 2023 presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to “give Peter Obi a chance and seek treatment for his health.
“This is completely false and mischievous, with no iota of truth whatsoever in it.
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“I have written no such letter to the APC leader…it will not occur to me to do so. Ghana and Nigeria boast of decades of cordial, strong, and brotherly relations…I am not going to be the one to interfere in the internal affairs and politics of Nigeria.”
My attention has been drawn to a disturbing post making the rounds on social media, where it is alleged I have written to the 2023 presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to “give Peter Obi a chance and seek treatment for his health”. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/qdDkyNNbtz
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) August 9, 2022
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has urged political leaders to stay focused; while also upholding the ultimate objective of promoting interest of the country.
The president made the call when he received former State Chairmen of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
The session was held at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Buhari said, “We are Nigerians. God willing we remain Nigerians, and Nigeria shall remain one.’’
Buhari said that the passion and zeal for improving the livelihood of Nigerians; which culminated in creation of the political party had not dwindled; calling for more steadfastness as Nigerians.
The president said the self-centeredness that led to the loss of about a million lives between 1967-1970 must not be allowed to repeat itself.
Buhari maintained that the CPC was founded on the bedrock of patriotism and loyalty to the unity of Nigeria.