The spokesperson of the People’s Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has debunked the claim by the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, that President Goodluck Jonathan offered him the position of vice president in an Interim National Government on the condition that he would withdraw his support for his party’s presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.
Tinubu’s had alleged Thursday that the PDP and Jonathan Presidency had recently tried to fracture the APC by offering the position of vice President in an interim government if he would agree to part company with Buhari.
According to the APC national leader’s media office, Tinubu is considered as the linchpin of the opposition in Nigeria and the presidency reasoned that removing him from the equation by enticing him with the position of a vice president in an interim government would take the steam out of the APC’s campaign machinery.
Responding to the allegation, Fani-Kayode, described them as baseless and false.
“We are not in the least bit interested in the formation of an interim government and we are even less interested in participating in any contraption in which Bola Tinubu would play any role.”
Fani-Kayode in his statement Thursday said that “it is not true that anyone from our government approached him to be the Vice President of anything. It is clear that he has an overinflated opinion of himself and he is suffering from the most extreme form and manifestation of paranoia.”
He continued: “The man is hiding from his own shadow and the fear of his party losing at the polls later this month is giving him sleepless nights. Whether he, Buhari and their APC like it or not, they will be devastated at the polls and they would suffer a crushing and irreparable defeat.”
The APC has in the past accused President Jonathan of plotting to scuttle the 2015 election and install an interim government.