Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior affairs, has denied making derogatory comments about the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Aregbesola made the denial in a statement issued by his media aide Sola Fasure. The statement said the “social media news ascribing false statements to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola … is FAKE news and simply not True.”
He attributed the news to “jittery” politicians making “sinister and coordinated effort to frustrate the reconciliatory moves” between the minister and his political godfather, Tinubu.
The statement said, “Just last week, jittery politicians who are authors of this malicious manuscript, paid a handful of rent-a-crowd comedians to react to a non-existent ‘attack’ and regurgitate the storyline again, with the intention to frustrate a series of reconciliation steps for their selfish interest.
“We urge well-meaning Nigerians to be wary of the evil machinations of this cult of fifth columnists, whose sole business is to cause disaffection, manufacture distractions and sow discord within the APC and the progressive fold.
“For the umpteenth time, the general public is advised to note that Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is focused on delivering key reforms in the Ministry of Interior and its agencies as championed by President Muhammadu Buhari, and also ensure that the APC emerges victorious at the 2023 General Elections.”