President Muhammadu Buhari has described as fake news insinuations that he had recently demanded the removal of the minister of state for Labour, Employment and Productivity, Olorogun Festus Keyamo as spokesperson of the Bola Tinubu Campaign.
The rebuttal was made in a series of tweets by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity.
He affirmed that President Buhari and Tinubu were satisfied with the performance of Keyamo as spokesperson of the Tinubu Campaign.
GWG reports that the rebuttal came in the wake of social media whispers to the effect the presidency was discomfited with the assertions of Keyamo as spokesperson of the Tinubu Campaign.
Refuting the claims, Garba Shehu said:
The news that President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the removal of Festus Keyamo, SAN as a spokesperson of the APC Presidential Campaign Council is fake news.
Both President Buhari and the Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu are happy with the job Keyamo doing, and with the general set up of the impending campaign, which has already become an example for other parties.
We aware that conspiracy theories are being hatched with a ripple effect to defame our party leaders and hold back the campaign. Supporters of our candidates should not pay attention to “news” from these fountains of false narratives.
Earlier replying to the news of pressure on Buhari to sack him as spokesperson to Tinubu, Keyamo had dismissed as fake news generated by those he claimed were uncomfortable with his role in the APC campaign. He said:
Very funny fake news. When people feel uncomfortable with your uncompromising defence of your mandate, they promote such fake news to achieve a purpose. The opposition think they can plant stories to destabilise our ranks. This is the height of the panic mode they find themselves
GWG reports that Keyamo had served in a similar role in the 2019 campaign of President Buhari but then under the aegis of Rotimi Amaechi who was director-general of the campaign.