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Buhari would not be president without my support – Tinubu

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Tinubu claimed to be the brains behind Buhari’s election as Nigeria’s president in 2015. He stated this while addressing APC delegates at the Presidential Lodge in Abeokuta, the state capital, ahead of the party’s primary on Thursday, June 2, 2022.

Tinubu, who was accompanied by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Kano State Governor Umar Ganduje, and former Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, said Buhari would not have become president without his support in 2015.

The battleground was revealed for the first time by an APC presidential aspirant in Ogun State, the home state of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, one of his rivals for the APC presidential ticket.

“You have not heard this from me before. This is the first place I am saying this,” Tinubu who addressed the delegates in Yoruba said.

Speaking on Buhari’s emergence, he said “If not me that led the war front, Buhari wouldn’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 Yorubas. Since he has emerged I have not been appointed minister. I didn’t get contract.

“This time, it’s Yoruba turn and in Yorubaland, it’s my tenure.”

He added, “Since the time we started with the Action Congress, Action Congress of Nigeria, and now the All Progressives Congress, I wanted to contest for president that time.

“This is me telling you between me and God Almighty, Buhari called me to be his Vice President. He said because the first time he contested, he picked Okadigbo, flamboyant, catholic, but Nigerians didn’t vote for him.

“The second time, he picked another Igbo, Umesioke, Nigerians didn’t vote for him, that if he goes to bring the Pope to run as his vice, Nigerians won’t vote for him, “but you, Bola Tinubu, you have six governors, you have never lost an election before, come and be my vice”.

“He knew all the calculations then favoured us, that is why he wanted me as his vice, but I told him to let us build the party first. And when we finished building the party after we brought in people from the PDP, Saraki now saw that those from the PDP will not get anything if Buhari, a Muslim becomes the president and me, also a Muslim becomes his vice, he won’t get the senate president and the senate president cannot also be a Muslim, that was how they started the campaign of calumny against me.

“And I told them that I have a candidate that is a Christian that I can nominate so that the party will not break, that was how I nominated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. I surrendered my right to him (Osinbajo).

“I was asked to submit three names, Yemi Cardozo, Wale Edun, and Yemi Osinbajo, but I told them if I submit three names, they will play a game, they may make it four and pick the fourth one. I gave them one name and that was Osinbajo.”

Tinubu, who insisted that he’s the best choice among all the other aspirants, said, “It is my time, I’m educated, I’m experienced. I have been serving people for a long time, bring me the presidency, it is my turn.”

Tinubu will square up against 22 other aspirants of the party who were recently screened to contest for the coveted ticket.

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