A leading aspirant to the Office of Nigeria’s president under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has expressed displeasure at the hand of cards which President Muhammadu Buhari is dealing against his aspiration to the high office.
Mr Tinubu, who is one of the leading aspirants for the presidential ticket of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, spoke in Ogun State on Thursday.
Speaking in Ogun State of Nigeria on Thursday and in his Yoruba language, Tinubu said for over 25 years, he provided a political refuge for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar when he was chased out of the PDP by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He narrated how he offered his ACN platform to Nuhu Ribadu in 2011.
In a spectacular jab at President Buhari, Tinubu stated: “If not me that led the war from the front, Buhari would not have emerged as the president. He contested first, second and third times, but lost. He even said on television that he won’t contest again,” he said.
Mr Atiku, who is the presidential candidate of the PDP, contested for President in 2007 on the platform of Action Congress, the party nurtured by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
In 2011, Mr Ribadu, former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission also contested on the platform of the ACN in 2011.
Across the country, Tinubu has sponsored several political associates for political offices, some of who are in the contest for the same presidential ticket.
Tinubu is believed to have nominated the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo as Vice President in 2015. The two politicians are in the race for the presidential ticket of the party.
Tinubu’s outburst may not be unconnected with the recent pronouncement by President Muhammadu Buhari that State governors on the platform of the APC should back him to select a successor.
In several of the meetings held, some governors from the North have called for a candidate from the North to battle the former Vice President Atiku. While some governors, who feel they are closer to the President, are seeing themselves as likely candidates.
APC governors have been meeting behind closed doors to suggest candidates to the President, however, they have become more divided.