Without My Support, Buhari Wouldn't Have Emerged President In 2015 - Tinubu - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Without My Support, Buhari Wouldn't Have Emerged President In 2015 - Tinubu


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The Daily Crucible | Thursday, June 2, 2022

By Mariam Adekunle, Abeokuta

The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Thursday, declared that if he had not stood strongly behind President Muhammadu Buhari, the Daura born army general would not have become President of Nigeria in 2015 and 2019.

Tinubu said it is the turn of Yoruba to produce the next president of the country in 2023, stressing that it is also his time and turn to occupy the number one office  in Nigeria next year.

The presidential hopeful on the platform of APC reminded party delegates from Ogun State that he had spent the last 25 years helping and supporting people to actualize their political aspirations, saying it is not out of place to deemed it befitting to reap the benefits of supporting others in the past.

Tinubu spoke at the Presidential lodge, Abeokuta, the state capital, while addressing party delegates, leaders and other stakeholders of Ogun APC 
where governor Dapo Abiodun, former governor Segun Osoba, Senator Olamilekan Solomon Adeola, Senator Gbenga Kaka, Senator Gbenga Obadara, former deputy governor Salmot Badru,  state chairman of APC, Chief Yemi Sanusi, Deputy governor Noimot Salako-Oyedele, Hon. Adekunle Adeyemi among others were in attendance.

He advised the Ogun delegates to cast their votes for him during the forthcoming party's national convention and not to jettison sound judgement and track records by turning the convention to a "family affairs" and waisting their votes on non - sellable materials.

The former governor of Lagos State was accompanied to Abeokkuta by Kano State governor, Abdulahi Ganduje, his Lagos State counterpart, Jide Sanwo-Olu, Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Obasa Mudashiru, Senator Kashim Shetima, Dayo Adeyeye from Ekiti State and former Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu.

He  recalled that he had supported several Nigerian politicians to actualize their political ambition, citing governor Dapo Abiodun as an example while the likes of former anti graft agency chairman, Nuhu Ribadu and former Vice Atiku Abubakar used political platforms he provided to seek elective offices in the past.

Taking all down the memory lane, Tinubu said that he never regretted sacrificing the opportunity presented to him to become a running mate of President Buhari during the build up to the year 2015 presidential election, but declined the offer to enable him stabilize APC and ensuring that the newcomers from the People's Democratic Party (PDP) were fully accommodated within the APC.
Tinubu, Abiodun, Sanwo-Olu and Ganduje

He said: "It is now over 25 years that I have been worshipping these political sons and daughters. If Governor Dapo Abiodun seated here will be faithful to his God, I want to emphatically state that he couldn't have become the governor without me. Even President Buhari wouldn't have won that presidential election in 2015 after three unsuccessful attempts without my support.

"Since President Buhari assumed office, I have not accepted any ministerial or Ambassadorial position. But now, it is my turn. My protection for these political sons and daughters is enough. I don't want to be part of a sad political history in Nigeria. I am here to solicit for your votes. May God not turn you from being delegates to delicates. Don't make it a family affairs o.

"Since the time we started with the Action Congress (AC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and now the All Progressives Congress (APC), I wanted to contest for President that time.

"This is me telling you between my life 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, Umezuoke, 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 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 Christan 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 to him (Osinbajo).

I was asked to submit three names, Yemi Cardoso, Wale Edun and Yemi Osinbajo, but I told them if I submit three names ....

"It is my time, I'm educated, I'm experienced. I have been serving you for a long time, bring the me presidency, it is my turn.

"When Atiku was being flogged out of PDP by Obasanjo, he ran to me for help, I let the ticket for him. Nuhu Ribadu came to me and I backed him.

"It has been over 25 years now that I have been serving them. This one sitting behind me, Dapo, can he say he can be the Governor without me? We were together at the MKO Abiola stadium, he was intimated, they didn't want to give the party's flag, I was the one that handed the flag to him. He knows that he cannot be the governor without the help of God and my support.

"If not for me that stood behind Buhari he wouldn't have become the president. He tried the first time, he failed, the second time, he failed, the third the, he failed, he even wept on a national television and vowed never to contest again but I went to meet him in Kaduna and told him he will run again, I will stand by you and you will win, but you must not joke with Yorubas and he agreed.

"Since he became the president, I have never got ministerial slots, I didn't collect any contract, I have never begged for anything from him, it is the turn of Yoruba, it is my turn."

Responding, governor Dapo Abiodun prayed that the good God would Tinubu's desire to be President of the country, saying the APC national leader had been able to show cause why the presidency must return to Southwest in 2023.

Abiodun declared that delegates from the state would do the right thing to produce the presidential candidate of the party.

The governor noted that Ogun are capable of identifying quality leaders, emphasising that the Ogun APC delegates would do the right thing during the primary election.

While lauding the APC National Leader for his passion for the growth of the southwest and the nation in general, Abiodun said "this time is an interesting period in the history of the nation which calls for all hands to be on deck".

He described Tinubu as a master strategist, political warrior, mentor of men, builder of bridges and a serial winner.

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