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‘Boss Mustapha dedicated APC member, committed to Tinubu’s victory’

By Guardian Nigeria
30 September 2022   |   4:27 am
Criticism has trailed a “puerile, mischievous and grossly inappropriate” story suggesting Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha...

Boss Mustapha

Criticism has trailed a “puerile, mischievous and grossly inappropriate” story suggesting Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, is “working for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, rather than the candidate of his ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”

Consequently, in a signed statement, yesterday, Prof. Tahir Mamman (SAN), a former member, National Caretaker Committee (North East) and APC stalwart, submitted: “For the avoidance of any doubt, the SGF has been consistent as a party man, having been a visible pillar at the state and national levels.

“He has emerged over the years as a sustaining influence at all stages of party affairs, where he has shown commitments to the progressive ideals of the APC and the transformational endeavours of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“His determination to continue in this direction is unflinching, which is why he supports the emergence of APC presidential flag bearer, Tinubu, as President Buhari’s successor.”

The statement reads in part: “Our attention has been drawn to a grossly misleading report that Mr. Boss Mustapha is the supposed top aide of President Buhari, allegedly working for the PDP candidate, Atiku, rather than Tinubu.

“In one of the reports, entitled, ‘President Buhari’s Top Aide Reportedly Working for Atiku Finally Revealed?’ it referred only to the condolence visit of the SGF to the PDP candidate over the loss of his aide as the ground for its many posers and conclusions, among other spurious allegations.

“While we appreciate the times we are in as one of politicking, where innuendoes will be rife, we consider the story as puerile, mischievous and grossly inappropriate.

“Having worked closely with the SGF during the days of the Caretaker Extra-ordinary Convention Committee, and also still working with him at personal and party levels, I can speak for and vouch for his position on this issue.”

The statement added: “As a senior party official, he is a major adviser to stakeholders, towards ensuring the success of not just APC-led governments, but party officials at all levels.

“Mr. Mustapha is, therefore, in full support of the party across the country, not only for winning in the next elections but also for the success of succeeding APC administrations, by the grace of God. This is in line with the position of Mr. President, and he is solidly behind it.

“The SGF holds Tinubu in very high esteem and their relationship will continue to be a strong one. He will do all that he can to ensure the emergence of Tinubu as the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Mischief makers and naysayers should understand that courtesies, like Mustapha’s visit to the Waziri of Adamawa, was purely for condolences, being from the same state.

“Political differences do not mean a cessation of social and cultural relationships.”