APC Primary: Why Northern Governors Chose Tinubu Over Amaechi, Osinbajo, El-Rufai Shares Stunning Details

APC Primary: Why Northern Governors Chose Tinubu Over Amaechi, Osinbajo, El-Rufai Shares Stunning Details

  • The governor of Kaduna state has cleared the air on why the ruling APC settled for the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
  • Mallam Nasir El-Rufai in a recent interview disclosed the APC governors from the northwest zone agreed to choose Tinbu because he is the most sellable aspirant
  • The Nigerian politician added that the President Muhammadu gave the delegates a chance to make the right choice in the selection process of the party's standard-bearer noting he has no preferred candidate

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state on Friday, June 10, gave an insider account of how former Lagos State governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu emerged as the presidential flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress, Leadership reports.

He also lashed back at those kicking against a Muslim running mate for Tinubu, describing them as irresponsible people.

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Tinubu had polled 1,271 votes to defeat 13 other presidential aspirants at a keenly contested primary which was concluded on Wednesday, June 8.

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El-Rufai shares details of how APC settled for Bola Tinubu. Photo credit: All Progressives Congress - APC, Buhari Sallau
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El-Rufai reveals the real reason Tinubu was chosen

Revealing some of the factors that led to Tinubu’s emergence as the party’s presidential candidate, El-Rufai said governors of the northwest geopolitical zone met before the primary and decided to support the most sellable aspirant knowing the northeast would follow.

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President Buhari's position on the party's presidential candidate

El-Rufai also disclosed he repeatedly asked President Muhammadu Buhari to name his preferred candidate among the five that were presented to him by state governors but the president insisted on letting delegates decide.

The governor noted:

“I went to the president for the last time before Kaduna delegates voted and I asked, ‘tell me who your anointed candidate is because you are still going to live in Kaduna after your tenure’. Then he said to me, ‘Let delegates vote their conscience; I have no anointed candidate."

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2023 presidency: What I'll do if elected, Tinubu reveals after meeting Umahi

On Thursday, June 9, the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, paid an unscheduled visit to Ebonyi state Governor, David Umahi.

The meeting, which was held behind closed doors in the early hours of Thursday at the Abuja residence Umahi, was part of the moves by the APC flag bearer towards reconciling all the aspirants who contested the party’s ticket with him.

It was also aimed at seeking support and addressing salient issues arising from the just concluded presidential convention.

4 defining moments that won Tinubu APC presidential ticket

Against all odds, Bola Ahmed Tinubu emerged the last man standing in what will be described as an intriguing one-week political affair within the ruling All Progressive Congress.

Despite Tinubu's landslide victory, it was not all that an easy affair in the quest to secure the golden ticket to represent the party for the highest political seat for the world's most populous nation and arguably the greatest black nation in the world.

Albeit, there was some determining factor that helped authenticate Tinubu as the elephant in the room. There are eight major reasons why Tinubu had 1,271 votes to defeat 13 fellow presidential aspirants which included the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

Source: Legit.ng

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