At Last! Tinubu opens up on his Vice Presidential ambition, says Saraki, el-Rufai stopped him

Bola-Tinubu-2.png

Bola Tinubu

“What they (Saraki and others from the PDP) did behind my back was wrong. We always do things as a group.  By the time they joined, we were already too far ahead in our processes but we accommodated them.  We agreed to take their state structures and subsume them into the party and they all had their opportunity to nominate the candidates of their choices for different political offices.  But they went behind to instigate Buhari and some other people in the party against me on the pretext of religion,” Tinubu said.

The book by Chairman Editorial Board of ThisDay, Olusegun Adeniyi, titled, “Against the Run of Play”, may have come to be the Nigeria’s Wikipedia as it continues to reveal some of the things some Nigerian figures had said to the author about their political past now being released in piecemeal from the stable of the former Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, during the administration of late Alhaji Umar Musa Yar’Adua.

The first to come in the series was the immediate past President of Nigeria, Mr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan whose controversy has been the loudest of the three released so far released, the second being the immediate past Senate President David Mark and the third being the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In his own part as published on Thursday, Bola Tinubu reveals that Senate President Bukola Saraki and Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, stopped President Muhammadu Buhari from picking him as his running mate in the 2015 presidential election.

Tinubu said their reason was that Christians in the North would not accept a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

He also revealed that El-Rufai wanted Pastor Tunde Bakare as Buhari’s running mate.

“What they (Saraki and others from the PDP) did behind my back was wrong. We always do things as a group.  By the time they joined, we were already too far ahead in our processes but we accommodated them.

“We agreed to take their state structures and subsume them into the party and they all had their opportunity to nominate the candidates of their choices for different political offices.

“But they went behind to instigate Buhari and some other people in the party against me on the pretext of religion. That was not right. They were canvassing arguments that the Christians in the North would not vote for a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

“Nasir el-Rufai was also selling the same argument within the CPC (the defunct Congress for Progressive Change) because at that point, he still wanted to have Pastor Bakare brought in as Buhari’s running mate,” he said.

Tinubu said some Senators and Governors met with him on the eve of the primaries, to confirm if there was an agreement between him and Buhari to run together.

“I told them that it was better to resolve such issue after the primaries, but they wanted to make it a condition for supporting Buhari, which, for me, was very wrong.

“I told them I could not insist on this as a condition for my support for Buhari. I felt that was not right to hold Buhari hostage in this manner.

“I believe the support that we gave was fundamental to Buhari clinching the party nomination. Without that support, a different outcome would have been most likely,” Tinubu added.

Buhari eventually asked Tinubu to present three names for the position, but he only provided Yemi Osinbajo.

“I backed down because I did not want to be depicted as causing a problem. I backed away from the position in order to offer Buhari a name I once raised with him in 2011: that of Professor Yemi Osibanjo,” he added.

There is love in sharing!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 
Top