- National leader of the APC and former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has reeled out his political credentials
- Speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, Tinubu said he was instrumental to the emergence of President Buhari in 2015
- Tinubu also stated that he nominated Professor Yemi Osinbajo as vice president and supported Prince Dapo Abiodun to emerge Ogun state governor
Abeokuta - One of the frontline presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, says he led political struggle that produced President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
Tinubu also categorically said he nominated Professor Yemi Osinbajo as Buhari’s running mate.
Daily Trust newspaper reports that he made the comment at presidential lodge in Abeokuta, the state capital, while addressing APC delegates ahead of the party’s presidential primary election.
He said Buhari had offered him a running mate ticket, but some blocs rose against him, fanning ember of Muslim-Muslim ticket.
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The former governor also said when he was asked to submit three names for running mate, he pencilled down Yemi Kadoso, Wale Edun and Yemi Osinbajo.
He added that he later settled for Osinbajo as running mate.
“You have not heard this from me before. This is the first place I am saying this. If not me that led the war front, Buhari wouldn’t have emerged. He contested first, second and third times, but lost. He even said on television that he won’t contest again.
“But I went to his home in Katsina. I told him you would contest and win, but you won’t joke with the matters of the Yorubas. Since he has emerged I have not been appointed minister. I didn’t get contract.
“This time, it’s Yoruba turn and in Yorubaland, it’s my tenure.”
Tinubu also said without God and him, Governor Dapo Abiodun would not have emerged in 2019 election.
Delegates inducement: Don’t be like PDP, Group tells APC ahead of primary
Meanwhile, Legacy Transformation Initiative, a policy formulation and analysis hub has lamented inducement of delegates by Nigerian politicians as seen in the just concluded primary election held by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The non-partisan group which made this known in a statement signed by Ibe Aniemeke Lawson, its national coordinator was appreciative of Nigerian youths for the non-violent atmosphere during the primary elections processes.
It also called on the ruling APC not to toe the path of the PDP, saying it will be a stain on the reputation of the party if its delegates are induced monetarily as it was in the case of the opposition party.
2023: Buhari speaks on APC presidential candidate
On his part, President Muhammadu Buhari has broken his silence on the method of choosing the presidential candidate of the APC during the forthcoming primary.
Speaking with APC governors in Abuja on Tuesday, May 31, the president advised them to focus on the changing dynamics of the country and the expectations of Nigerians in electing a candidate.
He urged them to have victory as their major focus in the entire process, adding that the flagbearer must be someone who will give a sense of confidence to the masses.