How I nominated Yemi Osinbajo and helped Buhari to victory in 2015, It's my turn - Tinubu

Bola Tinubu, a senior member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a presidential candidate, claims that President Muhammadu Buhari would not have won the 2015 presidential election if it had not been for him.

Tinubu made the remarks during a meeting with APC delegates in Ogun state on Thursday.

Bola Tinubu arriving yesterday
Bola Tinubu

Tinubu, who described the election as a "war," also spoke about how he "surrendered" the vice-presidential ticket to Yemi Osinbajo after concerns were raised about the APC fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

“Buhari asked me to be his running mate, but Saraki campaigned against a Muslim-Muslim ticket. He felt it would affect his ambition to be senate president. The senate president could not be a Muslim as well. They rose against it. I said ‘I have someone that’s a Christian and I will nominate him. This party must not scatter’. And I nominated him (Osinbajo). That’s the truth,” Tinubu said in Yoruba.

“They asked me to bring three names. Yemi Cardoso was number one. Wale Edun was number two, and Yemi Osinbajo was number three. I decided to drop just one name since I was surrendering my right. Buhari agreed to this and I dropped Yemi Osinbajo’s name.

“You have not heard this from me before. This is the first place I am saying this. It’s my time now.

“If not for me that led the battlefront, Buhari wouldn’t have won. 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 matter of the Yoruba’. Since he has been elected, I have not been appointed minister. I didn’t get a contract.

“This time, it’s Yoruba turn and in Yorubaland, it’s my turn.”

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