By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
Presidential Aspirant and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has said that he was approached by President Muhammadu Buhari to contest as his Vice President.
The former Lagos State Governor said this while addressing APC delegates at the Presidential Lodge in Abeokuta, Ogun State ahead of the party’s primary election.
According to Tinubu, Buhari thought that pairing with Tinubu would guarantee APC’s victory after his past vice-presidential candidates had not garnered massive support.
He said, “This is me telling you between me 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, Omesioke, 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.”
According to the APC national leader, former Senate President Bukola Saraki, who had left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the APC in 2014, had objected to the idea of a Muslim-Muslim ticket. Tinubu established that this was the basis for nominating sitting Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
“And when we finished building the party after we brought in people from the PDP, Saraki now saw that 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 him (Osinbajo).
“I was asked to submit three names, Yemi Cardozo, Wale Edun, and Yemi Osinbajo, but I told them if I submit three names, they will play a game, they may make it four and pick the fourth one. I gave them one name and that was Osinbajo.”
The APC Presidential Primary election is set to hold from June 6-8.
The primary was initially scheduled to hold between May 29 and 30, however, the Independent Electoral Commission extended the deadline for the submission of the list of candidates by political parties to June 9.