Bola Ahmed Tinubu the national leader and presidential candidate of All Progressive Congress APC, has finally revealed on how Yemi Osinbajo emerged as Buhari’s deputy in 2015 and role he played in making it possible.
Speaking to APC delegates ahead of the party’s primary at the Presidential Lodge in Abeokuta, Ogun State he said that Buhari wanted him to be his deputy but circumstances surrounding Saraki ambition for senate president was the stumbling block.
Tinubu in his words: “He (Buhari) knew all the calculations then favoured us, that is why he wanted me as his deputy, 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, (Bukola) Saraki now saw that those from the PDP would not get anything if Buhari, a Muslim, became the president and I, also a Muslim, became his deputy. He won’t get the Senate president because the Senate president cannot also be a Muslim; that was how they started the campaign of calumny against me.
Tinubu continued, “And I told them that I have a candidate that is a Christian that I could nominate so that the party would 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 would play a game, they might make it four and pick the fourth one. I gave them one name and that was Osinbajo.”
On why he was the best choice among all the candidates from the South-West, Tinubu recited his qualifications, “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.”