2023: I’ll Give You A Running Mate At A cost, Gbajabiamila Tells Tinubu

2023: I’ll Give You A Running Mate At A cost, Gbajabiamila Tells Tinubu

  • Femi Gbajabiamila has offered to help Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu with getting a running mate ahead of 2023
  • The speaker of the House of Representatives made this offer on Sunday, June 26, when he was celebrating his 60th birthday
  • However, Gbajabiamila who was described as a workaholic by Tinubu said he will not help the former Lagos governor with the running mate issue for free

Abuja - Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has said that he will get a befitting running mate for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the 2023 presidential election.

Gbajabiamila made this promise to the All Progressives Congress (APC)''s presidential candidate while he celebrated his 60th birthday in Abuja, Daily Trust reports.

Tinubu, Gbajabiamila
The speaker said he will give Tinubu a running mate (Photo: Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila)
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He was quoted to have said:

“You said in your address that many years ago you consulted with younger brother on the issue of WAEC and that consultation bore fruits.

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"I give you my own parting shot. It is that time again to consult with your younger brother. I will give you a running mate that you will enjoy working with. But this time the consultation I promise you will not be for free."

Referring to Gbajabiamila as a resolute workaholic, Tinubu recalled that he discovered the lawmaker at a time when he was not so interested in politics.

The former Lagos governor added that even though Gbajabiamila lost at first, he did so much to convince him of his mettle to fight bravely in the face of opposition.

Tinubu said:

“As a minority leader, he consults wide and he’s always there to see the thinking of opposition that we must bring a revolution to the House to be able to beat the PDP. And then, he will brainstorm for any length of time about political strategy.

“When he was challenged for the position of the speaker, I think after our merger he worked for me tirelessly; Femi is a workaholic. The problem of failure stared him in the face. He lost the election to become the speaker.
“I was close to tears. Stamping my foot to the ground, I said we will win again. Femi, keep up. Pick yourself up. I am very proud of you that you did, you didn’t give up. You did the opposition and the support job. You demonstrated what we learned from textbooks and other authors."

Bola Tinubu: APC vandidate limits search for running mate to Borno, Kano, Kaduna

Confusion over the choice of the authentic running mate toTinubu was deepening as he had returned to Abuja to continue consultations on the contentious issue.

The APC candidate is expected to name his final running mate on or before the Friday, July 15 deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to replace Kabir Ibrahim Masari, whom he named in a ‘placeholder’ capacity.

As the deadline draws near, Tinubu, the APC, and the Progressive Northern Governors’ Forum are said to be in a dilemma over the choice of an acceptable running mate as opposition continues to mount over a possible Muslim-Muslim ticket for the ruling party.

Source: Legit.ng

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