The vice president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, has given an insight into how his former party, Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), was able to retrieve its stolen mandate at the 2007 elections across states in Nigeria.
Speaking in Abuja on Thursday, March 28, at the 11th Bola Tinubu Colloquium where he represented President Muhammadu Buhari, the vice president said Tinubu has spent the last 30 years of his life curating and pioneering visions in all aspects of governance across the country.
Osinbajo said for the first time in the history of Nigeria and some countries at large, the ACN through the now national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) assembled a team of 63 forensic experts in fingerprinting to restore the mandate of the party.
He was directed by Tinubu to figure out ways the party could prove that there were multiple thumb printing by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in elections which took place in Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and many others.
The vice president said: "In 2007, when the ACN was rigged out of the Ondo, Osun, Ekiti elections, Asiwaju called me and he said that the only way we could reclaim our stolen mandate was going to court to prove that there were cases of multiple thumb printing by the then opposition."
"He said this can only happen if we were able to prove by forensic evidence that some people who were members of the opposition, of course the PDP, thumb printed the ballot papers and dumped them into the ballot boxes.
"So I went off to the UK and met with possibly the most experienced finger print expert."
He said he was able to through the help of just one expert to assemble 63 finger print experts from the UK police who succeeded in helping the ACN reclaim its mandate in many states.
"And when I told him the enormity of what we wanted to do he laughed and almost fell off his chair.
"He said; "of all my almost 50-years of experience as a fingerprint expert, I have not even done up to 4,000 finger prints; you're now saying I should come and do 1.3 million fingerprints,'" Osinbajo recalls.
He said although the expert said his request was impossible, he later came back to him with an option of assembling other experts to get the job done.
According to the vice president, with the persuasion from Tinubu, the UK authorities were able to release 50 experts from the UK police while 13 others joined the team voluntarily.
"To cut the long story short, we were able to take back all the states that were stolen from us one by one," the vice president added.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Lagos state governor Akinwumi Ambode described Tinubu as a leader worthy of emulating and celebrating.
Governor Ambode while delivering the keynote speech at the 11th Bola Tinubu Colloquium in Abuja on Thursday, March 28, said Tinubu spearheaded the APC's victory at the presidential, governorship, National Assembly, states House of Assembly elections across Nigeria.
The governor said the colloquium themed: Next Level: Work For People, is coming at a time when Nigeria and the Nigerian people are eagerly looking forward to the next level.
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