I Ensured Dapo Abiodun Emerged Governor of Ogun State, Says Tinubu
- APC presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu, has claimed that he made Dapo Abiodun the governor of Ogun state
- Tinubu made the comment in Abeokuta while consulting with APC delegates in the state ahead of the party's presidential primary election
- Governor Abiodun had openly endorsed presidential aspiration of Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo
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Abeokuta - Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state, has taken a swipe at Dapo Abiodun, governor of Ogun state.
Speaking on Thursday, June 2 at a meeting with delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abeokuta, the Ogun capital, Tinubu said the APC did not want to give the governorship ticket to Abiodun in the build-up to the 2019 polls.
Speaking in Yoruba in a viral video seen by Legit.ng, Tinubu said he did much to ensure the success of Abiodun at the polls saying:
“That one (pointing to Abiodun) that is sitting down here, could he have become governor without me? We were all in the stadium where they tore all the posters. Even the candidacy of the party, they didn’t want to give it to him.
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“It’s been over 25 years that I have been serving them. This one sitting at my back, Dapo, could he have become a governor if not for me?
“If he wants to hear, his life will be long. If he wants to meet God in his position, he would admit that he wouldn’t have become governor if not for God and I.”
Tinubu's anger with Abiodun may have been triggered by the governor's failure to endorse him in front of the delegates.
Tinubu says Buhari would not have been president without his support
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Tinubu said he led the political struggle that produced President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
Tinubu also categorically said he nominated Professor Yemi Osinbajo as Buhari’s running mate.
He said Buhari had offered him a running mate ticket, but some blocs rose against him, fanning ember of Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Delegates inducement: Don’t be like PDP, Group tells APC
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.