One of the presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has sensationally revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari would not have emerged president but for the political struggle which he spearheaded in 2015.
Tinubu, who spoke at the Presidential Lodge in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, also said that he nominated Prof Yemi Osinbajo as Buhari’s running mate.
He was in company of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo Olu, his Kano State counterpart, Umar Ganduje and former Borno State governor, Kasim Shettima to address APC delegates ahead of the part’s prinaries.
Tinubu, who spoke in Yoruba told the delegates including the state governor, Dapo Abiodun and other cabinet members that Buhari had offered him a running mate ticket, but some blocs rose against it fanning embers that a Muslim – Muslim ticket could not fly.
He recalled that when he was asked to submit three names for running mate, he pencilled down Yemi Kadoso, Wale Edun and Yemi Osinbajo, who was 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 won’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 Yoruba.
“Since he has emerged I have not been appointed minister. I didn’t get contract. This time, it’s Yoruba’s turn and in Yorubaland, it’s my tenure.”
On emergence of Abiodun as governor, Tinubu also said without God and him, he would not have emerged in the 2019 election.
“Dapo that’s sitting down here, could he have become governor without me!. We were at the stadium, they tore all his posters. Even the party flag, they didn’t want to hand over it to him, I was the one who brought it.
“If he wants to meet God at the right place, he must know that without God and me, he would not have become governor.” Tinubu stated
Abiodun, who had earlier declared his support for Osinbajo’s candidature, in his remarks refused to endorse Tinubu.
While saying that delegates from the state would do “the right thing” at the convention, Abiodun described Tinubu as a political warrior, serial winner and strategist.