Buhari, TinubuAPC leader never wanted Osinbajo as Vice President and that’s a shame
Tinubu said he never wanted to become Buhari’s Vice President. It turns out he never wanted Osinbajo either.
Speaking at the 7th annual Bola Tinubu colloquium in 2015, the Bourdillon Godfather denied he ever put himself forward as President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate before the general elections.
“They said I connived and conspired my way into the VP seat. They lied so easily that it was the price I extracted from GeneralBuhari to support his bid. If not, I would destroy the party on the altar of my ambitions”, said Tinubu.
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“They were wrong. I pulled myself out of contention. The very brilliant and capable Professor Yemi Osinbajo became our VP candidate. A man of integrity and impeccable character. Alas, this sent Jonathan’s henchmen into disarray. In the quiet of their private closet, even they could see clearly enough through the darkness of their own hearts to recognize that our ticket was so much better than theirs,” the Jagaban of Borgu (as he’s fondly called by admirers) added.
To be fair, there was nothing wrong with Tinubu lobbying to be Nigeria’s Vice President. The position was there for the taking and he had worked his socks off in forging the alliance that gave birth to the then opposition APC.
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Tinubu is allowed some ambition like all of humanity.
As Governor of Lagos, Tinubu made sure the nation’s commercial capital wasn’t dragged into the PDP under Ex–President Olusegun Obasanjo who railroaded the South West with ‘Amala and Gbegiri’ politics. Tinubu stopped Obasanjo in his tracks and adroitly so.
To his credit, Lagos, with its near 20 million voters, remained under the AD and then the AC, ACN. Tinubu was pivotal in ensuring most of the South West remained under the ‘progressives’ canopy well into the 2015 electoral contests.