Presidency Replies Tinubu, Reveals How Buhari Defeated Jonathan in 2015

Presidency Replies Tinubu, Reveals How Buhari Defeated Jonathan in 2015

  • After days of silence, the presidency has finally replied Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over his comment on President Buhari
  • Tinubu while wooing delegates in Ogun state said Buhari wouldn’t have become president without his support
  • However, the presidency in a statement on Monday, June 6, said no one can or should claim to have made Buhari's victory possible

State House, Abuja - The presidency has said millions of Nigerians elected President Muhammadu Buhari into office in 2015.

In a statement issued on Monday, June 6, presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu said no single individual can claim to have been responsible for Buhari becoming president.

Presidency, Tinubu, Jonathan, 2015 Presidential Elections
Presidency said one can or should claim to have made President Buhari's 2015 victory possible. Photo credits: Femi Adesina, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Source: Facebook notes that the presidency’s statement is a direct reaction to the remarks of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Lagos governor and presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Tinubu had while addressing delegates in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, on Thursday, June 2, said Buhari wouldn’t have become president without his input.

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The APC national leader said Buhari had given up on the prospect of leading Nigeria until he intervened.

Presidency: Millions of Nigerians made Buhari president

The presidency said many people played “parts large and small” in the 2015 election which produced Buhari as president.

The statement reads:

“It is perhaps not surprising that on the eve of the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer primary there are those running as candidates who wish to associate themselves with the President’s rise to elected office seven years ago.
“There are many people who played parts large and small in his historic election in 2015, making history as the first opposition candidate to defeat a sitting president with power changing hands peacefully at the ballot box.

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“There are those who advised the President to run again; those who decided to build a political party – the APC – that could finally be the political vehicle capable of delivering victory where all other opposition parties and alliances before it had failed.
“Those decisions may have been agreed upon by a few. But they were delivered by thousands and voted for by tens of millions. No one can or should claim to have made the possible.
“Yet as important as that moment was, it is not what should decide the next general election.
“What matters is the future: the policy platforms, the ideas, the drive, and the determination to take over the President’s stewardship of our country and build upon his legacy to make our country better than it has ever been.”

The presidency added that the aspirant who has the aforementioned qualities “is the one to lead our party and our country forward”.

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Tinubu may be punished over his comment on Buhari, says APC chairman

Meanwhile, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the national chairman of the APC, has said the ruling party may punish Tinubu over his comment “against” President Buhari.

Briefing newsmen at the APC headquarters in Abuja on Saturday, June 4, Adamu said:

“We may punish him (Tinubu) for his utterances against the president."


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