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2023: I Never Said I Will Move Nigeria’s Capital From Abuja To Lagos – Tinubu


2023: I Never Said I Will Move Nigeria’s Capital From Abuja To Lagos – Tinubu

By Abdullahi Ahmad Bamalli

Bola Tinubu, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, has dismissed rumours that he plans to relocate the nation’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from Abuja to Lagos.

The APC candidate accused the opposition of launching a desperate multi-pronged campaign of falsehoods against him.

The former Lagos governor made the denial in a statement on Tuesday by the Director, Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council PCC, Mr Bayo Onanuga.

He added that unlike the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Atiku Abubakar, he (Tinubu) does not intend to sell the Nigerian National Petroleum Company NNPC Limited to his friends.

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According to him, the latest insidious campaign in some parts of the country against him is the handiwork of the PDP and Labour Party.

“After exhausting their arsenal of calumnies and character assassination against Tinubu, the opposition PDP and their surrogate Labour Party have begun a desperate multi-pronged 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”, he stated.

“We are shocked that some people could contrive such an egregious lie, all in the name of politics, to confuse our burgeoning support base in that part of the country.

“Let us emphasise that Asiwaju does not contemplate any such plan and will not do anything that is so ultra-unconstitutional.

“The same purveyors of falsehood have also been distorting the commercialisation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited by the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He added, “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.

Tinubu noted that in due course, the company would 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.

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