The national leader of All Progressive Congress, APC and the frontline presidential candidate Bola Tinubu have made it crystal clear that without him, Buhari would not have emerged president. Tinubu made it known that he should be compensated with the presidency for his contribution in building and solidifying APC as the ruling party.
Tinubu speaking in Yoruba to APC delegates, ahead of the party’s primary at the Presidential Lodge in Abeokuta, Ogun State said, “You have not heard this from me before. This is the first place I am saying this,” as he narrated how Buhari emerged as the nominee of APC.
On Buhari’s emergence, he said “If not for me that led the war front, Buhari won’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 Yoruba.
“Since he has emerged I have not been appointed minister. I didn’t get nor request a contract. This time, it’s Yoruba turn and in Yorubaland, it’s my turn.”
He emphasised, “since the time we started with the Action Congress, Action Congress of Nigeria, and now the All Progressives Congress, I wanted to contest for president that time.
“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 (Chuba) Okadigbo, flamboyant, Catholic, but Nigerians didn’t vote for him.
“The second time, he picked another Igbo, (Edwin) Ume-Ezeoke, Nigerians didn’t vote for him. And he said that even if he went to bring the Pope to run as his deputy, Nigerians won’t vote for him, but he said, ‘You, Bola Tinubu, you have six governors, you have never lost an election before, come and be my deputy”‘.
On why he was the best choice among candidates from the South-West he said, “It is my time, I’m educated, I’m experienced. I have been serving people for a long time. Bring me the presidency, it is my turn.”