A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Mallam Mohammed Lawal, has affirmed that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, will only leave if President Muhammadu Buhari defects from the ruling party.

There has been reports that Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State was teeming up with Atiku Abubakar to form ‎another mega party.

Lawal, who was the Deputy Director, Coordination and Implementation of the APC Presidential Campaign Office in 2015, also refuted the reports that there was friction between Tinubu and the President.

The APC chieftain, who is a member of the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, told Punch that Tinubu had benefitted a lot from the Buhari government and as such had no reason to leave.

He said, “Tinubu is not complaining and he has benefitted from this government. People are complaining on behalf of Tinubu in order to drive a wedge between him and the President.

“Tinubu has said he has no plan to form any mega party and even the Chairman of the PDP’s Board of Trustees has said he hasn’t spoken to Tinubu in over three years but people just don’t want to accept the truth. For God’s sake, people should leave the man alone.

“Tinubu is going nowhere. He and Buhari are like Siamese twins and no one can separate them politically. Tinubu will only leave the APC if the President leaves the APC.”

He equally urged the Emir of Kano and former Central Bank Governor, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, not to meddle in politics.

The APC chief added, “The emir has free access to the President and his economic team. He is no longer the CBN governor but now holds a respected traditional position. He should not soil his turban. Such outbursts should not emanate from an emir.”

Lawal lauded the performance of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, who will be screened by the Senate this week.

He urged the Senate to quickly confirm Magu’s appointment and stop playing politics.

He added, “Magu doesn’t need their confirmation to work. If he continues to do his work meritoriously, he will be promoted to his next rank as a police officer and return to the Force. So, refusing to confirm him is childish. The man is incorruptible. I doubt if the Senate can find anyone better.

“Magu is fighting thieves and looters, so if you have nothing to hide, why should you frustrate his confirmation?”