Without Me, Buhari Would Have Lost 2015 Presidential Election — Tinubu Talks Tough

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Without Me, Buhari Would Have Lost 2015 Presidential Election — Tinubu Talks Tough

 

Former governor of Lagos state and presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, says he led political struggle that produced President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

Tinubu also categorically said he nominated Prof Yemi Osinbajo as Buhari’s running mate.

He spoke at presidential lodge in Abeokuta, the state capital, while addressing the APC delegates ahead of the party’s primaries.

 

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Tinubu was in company with Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his Kano counterpart, Umar Ganduje, and former Borno State Governor, Kasim Shettima.

The former Governor of Lagos State said he made the revelations for the first time in Ogun State, home state of Osinbajo, one of his rivals for the APC presidential ticket.

He said Buhari had offered him a running mate ticket, but some blocs rose against him, fanning ember of Muslim-Muslim ticket.

 

The former governor also said when he was asked to submit three names for running mate, he pencilled down Yemi Kadoso, Wale Edun and Yemi Osinbajo.

He added that he later settled for Osinbajo as 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.”
Tinubu also said without God and him, Governor Dapo Abiodun would not have emerged in 2019 election.

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“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.”

In his remarks, Abiodun who had earlier declared his support for Osinbajo’s candidature, refused to endorse Tinubu.

He told Tinubu that delegates from the state would do “the right thing” at the convention.

Abiodun described Tinubu as a political warrior, serial winner and strategist.

 

 

Nigerian Governor Accuses President Buhari Of Appointing Suspected Boko Haram Supporters Into Key Government Positions

 

 

In other news, the Benue State governor also criticised the integration of repentant terrorists into the Nigerian Army and the inability of the government to charge alleged killer Fulani herdsmen to court.

 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of appointing ‘repentant’ Boko Haram terrorists into key federal offices.

The governor also criticised the integration of repentant terrorists into the Nigerian Army and the inability of the government to charge alleged killer Fulani herdsmen to court.

According to Ortom, these actions by the Nigerian government, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, have made fighting terrorism difficult in the country.

The governor during a visit by a delegation from the United Kingdom Parliaments All-Party Parliamentary Group on Freedom of Religion and Beliefs to the Governor’s Lodge in Abuja on Wednesday.

This was disclosed in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur.

The statement reads: “The Governor stated that being a multi-religious and (multi-)ethnic country, the Federal Government, which is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that the rights of the people as enshrined in the constitution are protected, ought to take the task more seriously than it is currently doing.

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“According to Governor Ortom, the inability of the Federal Government to act swiftly to tame the rise of terror attacks on communities in the country for many years now by Islamic extremists with the sole aim of taking over the country must be put to an end.

 

“He alleged that the current appointment of suspected Boko Haram supporters into key federal offices, integration of repentant members of the sect into the military and failure of government to arrest and prosecute terrorist herdsmen have also proven the complicity of government.

“He noted that for the sake of national unity, cohesion, peaceful coexistence and promotion of development, the rights of the people to freedom of religion must also be respected by the Nigerian State, hence the need for the international community to intervene by putting pressure on the government to do the right thing.

“Governor Ortom also told the visiting Parliamentarians that due to the activities of these terrorist groups, over 1.5 million people have been displaced from their ancestral lands and properties worth billions of naira destroyed in Benue State as a result of the invasion.

“He recommended that there was a need for rehabilitation and return of IDPs to their ancestral homes as well as payment of full compensation to victims.”

The leader of the delegation and member of Parliament from Ireland, Mr. Jim Shannon, reportedly thanked Ortom for availing the delegation with a comprehensive insight into the issues, assuring that they would present his case to the right department back home to get positive results.

In their separate comments, Brendan O’Hara of the House of Commons and Rachel Miner, acknowledged that the religious crisis in Nigeria was getting worse.

They, however, promised to continue to talk to government, religious and civil society leaders to effect the desired change, the statement said.

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2023: Buhari Release Names of Two Presidential Aspirants As Successor, To Take Final Decision Friday 

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari may have shortlisted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Senate President Ahmad Lawan as his prefered successor.

 

The President had appealed to the APC governors to allow him to pick his preferred successor ahead of the party’s presidential primaries on June 6.

 

Buhari made the appeal during a meeting with the governors and the National Chairman of the ruling party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

 

A Presidential source disclosed that Buhari is torn between the choice of Lawan and Osinbajo, following the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the PDP presidential candidate.

 

According to the Daily Sun, a team is looking at the pros and cons of selecting Lawan or Osinbajo, with the view to giving President Buhari informed advice for the final decision to be made on his return from Spain by Friday.

 

 

The presidential source said Buhari during his meeting with APC governors carefully highlighted that his choice would be someone capable of driving his visions.

 

 

He said Osinbajo has also strongly defended Buhari’s policies and projects, having played a lead role in its execution with the management of key initiatives central to the administration’s strategic imperatives.

 

 

 

The presidential source added that Lawan has also supported key legislation and helped support the President’s external borrowing policy.

 

 

It was learned that a lobby group would be raised in the coming days to work in the north and south, depending on who the President chooses between Osinbajo and Lawan.

 

The lobby group is waiting to meet with northern and southern elders in APC to solicit support for either of the two presidential aspirants.

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