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Buhari Lied In His Book; Tinubu Rejected His Vice President Offer by kdfinest(m): 12:24pm On Oct 05, 2016
– Contrary to the claim in the President
Muhammadu Buhari’s biography that
he chose Osinbajo above Tinubu and
Fashola, facts has revealed that Mr
Tinubu turned down Buhari’s offer to
be his running mate
– The APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola
Tinubu, on December 17, 2014, issued
a statement turning down the offer.“It is against this backdrop that I assess
any action I take. Here I come to my
name being placed in consideration as
the Vice Presidential candidate for our
party, the APC. I have laboured hard to
move this party from being merely an
idea in the minds of a few into being a
political organisation that might win this
election and govern the nation in way
that gives the people the hope and
opportunity they seek. Nothing is more
important to me than to realise this
dream not for myself but for the people
of this land I so love.
“I helped to build this party, giving no
thought to seeking an elected office
because of it. My contribution to the
party was never based on the
expectation of a later political handout.
Nigeria is in trouble and we are well past
the moment for such narrow, selfish
games.“There came a time during the course of
the events when our Presidential
candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari
offered the Vice Presidential slot to me.
Being a normal human being, I was
deeply moved and honoured that he
would consider me for the position.
Being a patriot, I had to weigh my
potential candidacy in all of its
“I have concluded that the interest of the
party, our campaign and of the nation
are better served if I retain my position
as the National leader of the APC,
allowing me to be a bridge builder
across all divides. Although, I declined
the position, I want to thank Gen. Buhari
for extending the honour to me. Despite
all the noise and opposition around my
possible selection, he stood firm and
steadfast. He showed the traits of a
leader in holding to a decision he
believed was right despite the errant
plots against it,” Bola Tinubu said.
In the same vein, a retired general,
Iliyasu Ibrahim, has faulted a report that
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo became
President Muhamamdu Buhari’s running
mate despite pressure against it by
former Lagos State Governor Asiwaju
Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Ibrahim, in a statement published in The
Nation newspaper said the portion in
the book by Professor John Padden on
President Buhari, titled: “Muhammadu
Buhari: Challenges of Leadership”, was
“I became disturbed about this
falsification of recent history. Why would the author say this and have it published when many of us know the truth? The
truth is that Tinubu singlehandedly
chose Yemi Osinbajo and sent the name to President Buhari. There was no pressure.
Tinubu is Osinbajo’s political mentor. The latter was his attorney-general and
commissioner for Justice in Lagos and
both have a close relationship.the emergence of Osinbajo
as Vice Presidential candidate. I was
there the night before the final decision
and subsequent announcement. I was
there at the Lagos Lodge Annex in
Asokoro, Abuja at Tinubu’s place. On the
night in reference, Asiwaju insisted that
three names would not be sent for the
VP slot. He maintained that only one
name would be sent. Eventually, the
name of Osinbajo was sent to President Buhari. There was no issue of pressure.
“Osinbajo was Tinubu’s man and that
was the only person Tinubu was willing to accept to cede the VP slot.

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