One of the frontline presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, says he led the political struggle that produced President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
Tinubu also categorically said he nominated Prof Yemi Osinbajo as Buhari’s running mate.
He spoke at the presidential lodge in Abeokuta, the state capital, while addressing the APC delegates ahead of the party’s primaries.
Tinubu was in company with Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his Kano counterpart, Umar Ganduje, and former Borno State Governor, Kasim Shettima.
The former Governor of Lagos State said he made the revelations for the first time in Ogun State, the home state of Osinbajo, one of his rivals for the APC presidential ticket.
He said Buhari had offered him a running mate ticket, but some blocs rose against him, fanning the ember of a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
The former governor also said when he was asked to submit three names for running mate, he penciled down Yemi Kadoso, Wale Edun, and Yemi Osinbajo.
He added that he later settled for Osinbajo as running mate.
“You have not heard this from me before. This is the first place I am saying this,” Tinubu who addressed the delegates in Yoruba said.
Speaking on Buhari’s emergence, he said “If not me that led the war front, Buhari wouldn’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 Yorubas. Since he has emerged I have not been appointed minister. I didn’t get a contract.
“This time, it’s Yoruba turn and in Yorubaland, it’s my tenure.”
Tinubu also said without God and him, Governor Dapo Abiodun would not have emerged in the 2019 election.
“Dapo that’s sitting down here, could he have become Governor without me? We were at the stadium, they tore all his posters. Even the party flag, they didn’t want to hand over it to him, I was the one who brought it.
“If he wants to meet God at the right place, he must know that without God and me, he would not have become Governor.”
Abiodun, who had earlier declared his support for Osinbajo’s candidature, refused to endorse Tinubu.
He told Tinubu that delegates from the state would do “the right thing” at the convention.
Abiodun described Tinubu as a political warrior, serial winner, and strategist.