Tinubu Opens Up On Why He Assisted Buhari To Become President In 2015

A frontline presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Asiwaju Tinubu, has revealed how he brought President Muhammadu Buhari into power in 2015.

Tinubu said he brought Mohammadu Buhari who put the Nigerian economy in reverse gear out of political retirement and helped him become the nation’s president.

The APC national leader addressed the Ogun State APC delegates at the Presidential Lodge, Abeokuta, on May 02, 2022.

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Bola Tinubu said Buhari could not have become the president if not that he led the war against the opposition party.

According to him, President Buhari had given up on his presidential ambition after losing the 2003, 2007, and 2011 presidential elections.

“If not me that led the war front, Buhari would not have emerged. He contested first, second and third times, but lost. He even said on television that he would not contest again.

“But I went to his home in Katsina, I told him you would contest and win, but ‘you would not joke with Yoruba matters.

“Since he has emerged, I have not been appointed minister. I didn’t get a contract.

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

On Abiodun, the former Lagos State Governor stated that he could have not become a governor without him.

He said, “This one sitting behind me here, could not 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 he would not have become governor without God and me.

“Buhari wanted me to be his Vice President. He said because the first time he contested, he picked (Chuba) Okadigbo; flamboyant, catholic, but Nigerians didn’t vote for him (Buhari).

“The second time, he picked another Igbo, Edwin Ume-Ezeoke, Nigerians didn’t vote for him, that if he brought the Pope to run as his deputy, Nigerians would not vote for him, that ‘you, Bola Tinubu, you have six governors, you have never lost an election before, come and be my running mate.

“He knew all the calculations then favored us. That was why he wanted me as his running mate, but I told him to let us build the party first. And when we finished building the party, we brought in people from the PDP.

“Saraki saw that those from the PDP would not get anything if Buhari, a Muslim becomes the President and me, also a Muslim becomes his deputy.

“He won’t become the Senate President and the Senate President could not also be a Muslim. That was how they started the campaign of calumny against me. And I told them that I had a candidate that is a Christan that I could nominate so that the party would 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 submitted three names, they would play a game.

“They may make it four and pick the fourth one. I gave them one name and that was Osinbajo. It is my time, I’m educated, I’m experienced.

“I have been serving you, people, for a long time, bring me the presidency, it is my turn. When Atiku was being flogged out of the PDP by Obasanjo, he ran to me for help. I let him have the ticket.

“Nuhu Ribadu came to me and I backed him. If not for me that stood behind Buhari, he wouldn’t have become the president. He tried the first time, but he failed. The second time, he failed. The third, he failed.

“He even wept on national television and vowed never to contest again but I went to meet him in Kaduna and told him he would run again and I will stand by him and he will win. But he must not joke with the Yoruba and he agreed,” he said.

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