Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a leading presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC), claims to have spearheaded the political battle that resulted in the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
Tinubu also stated unequivocally that he nominated Professor Yemi Osinbajo to be Buhari’s running partner.
He addressed the APC delegates at the presidential lodge in Abeokuta, the state capital, ahead of the party’s primaries.
Tinubu was joined by Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos State, Umar Ganduje, the governor of Kano, and Kasim Shettima, the former governor of Borno State.
Former Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said he made the allegations for the first time in Ogun State, the home state of APC presidential candidate Yemi Osinbajo.
He claimed that Buhari offered him a ticket as a running partner, but that other factions came up against him, fueling the flames of a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
When asked to give three candidates for running partner, the former governor said he penciled down Yemi Kadoso, Wale Edun, and Yemi Osinbajo.
He went on to say that he eventually chose Osinbajo as his running mate.
“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.”