Bola Ahmed Tinubu, one of the leading All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidates, claims he spearheaded the political fight that produced President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
Bola Tinubu also stated explicitly that he proposed Professor Yemi Osinbajo as Buhari’s running mate.
He addressed the APC delegates in the presidential lodge in Abeokuta, the state capital, prior to the party’s primaries.
Tinubu was in the company of the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his counterpart in Kano, Umar Ganduje, and the former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima.
The former governor of Lagos State stated that he made the allegations for the first time in Ogun State, the home state of his challenger for the APC presidential nomination, Osinbajo.
He stated that Buhari had given him a running mate position, but certain blocs rose out against him, fueling the flames of a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
When asked to give three candidates for running partner, the former governor reportedly wrote down Yemi Kadoso, Wale Edun, and Yemi Osinbajo.
He stated that he eventually chose Osinbajo as his running companion.
“You have never heard me say this before. This is the first time I’ve ever said this,” Tinubu told the delegates in Yoruba.
Regarding the emergence of Buhari, he stated, “Had I not led the fighting front, Buhari would not have emerged. He competed for the first, second, and third time, but lost each time. He stated on television that he will not compete again.
“However, I visited his residence in Katsina. I told him you would compete and win, but you would not joke about Yoruba concerns. Since he has surfaced, I am no longer a minister. I didn’t get contract.
This time, it is Yoruba’s turn, and my tenure in Yorubaland.
Tinubu further stated that Governor Dapo Abiodun would not have won the 2019 election without God and him.
“Could Dapo, who is seated here, have become Governor without me? While we were at the stadium, his posters were torn down. Even the party flag, which I carried with me, was not given to him by the party.
“If he wants to meet God in the right spot, he must realise that he would not have become Governor without God and me.”
Abiodun, who had already stated his support for Osinbajo’s candidacy, refused to endorse Tinubu in his statements.
He assured Tinubu that the state’s delegates would behave ethically at the conference.
Abiodun characterised Tinubu as a political warrior, multiple-time victor, and strategist.