Bola Tinubu, a presidential aspirant and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has taken credit for Muhammadu Buhari’s electoral victory inhis quest to become President of Nigeria.
Mr Tinubu made the remarks while meeting with the governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, as well as party leaders and delegates, at the presidential lodge in Ibara, Abeokuta, the state capital.
Mr Tinubu was in the state to meet with APC delegates ahead of next week’s presidential primaries.
“If not for me that stood behind Buhari he wouldn’t have become the president,” said Mr Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State.
“He tried the first time, he failed, the second time, he failed, the third, he failed, he even wept on national television and vowed never to contest again but I went to meet him in Kaduna and told him he will run again, I will stand by you and you will win, but you must not joke with Yorubas and he agreed.
“Since he became the president, I have never got ministerial slots, I didn’t collect any contract, I have never begged for anything from him, it is the turn of Yoruba, it is my turn.”
Mr Tinubu said he was also instrumental in Mr Abiodun becoming the Ogun governor, as well as Yemi Osinbajo becoming vice president.
Mr Abiodun had publicly thrown his weight behind Vice President Osinbajo, an Ogun State indigene, who is also a presidential aspirant.
“If the Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, will be fair enough, he will confirm that, if not for God and me, he will never become governor in this state,” Mr Tinubu said.
“We were together at the MKO Abiola Stadium, he was intimidated, they didn’t want to give him the party’s flag, I was the one that handed the flag to him. He knows that he cannot be the governor without the help of God and my support. It has been over 25 years now that I have been serving them.”