National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has denied reports making rounds about a strained relationship between the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola and himself owing to a struggle for the position of the next governor of the state.
In a statement titled, ‘My relationship with Fashola is intact,’ issued on Saturday through his media office, the former governor of Lagos State said that allegations following a report from a newspaper were false.
He said, “For a while now, I have noticed and read many published political stories on Lagos politics in particular and the personalities involved that are either concerted, unsubstantiated, pure conjectures or outright falsehood. In this instance, I reference a recent story ran by a major newspaper concerning my successor and me. There is no doubt political charlatans and enemies are at work fuelling unnecessary rumours and insinuations and seeking to drive a wedge in an otherwise cordial and respectful political relationship.
“My relationship with Governor Fashola remains cordial both at the personal level and at the level of commitment to ensuring Lagos State remains on the path of political stability, growth and development. Whether Governor Fashola had a specific candidate or not isn’t the issue here. What is important is to have a transparent process in the spirit of democracy to which we both subscribe. We often debate, agree or disagree. But when it comes to concluding on the interest of Lagos State, we are on the same page, ” he added.