On Sunday, All Progressive Congress presidential candidate Bola Tinubu opened up about what happened during the party’s presidential primary.

When Tinub met the leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group Afenifere at the residence of state leader Paruben Fasolanti in Akure, the capital of Ondo state, he admitted he was “skeptical and confused” at the at some point during your workout.

The former Lagos state governor also mentioned President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired) and Nassir Rufai and Abdullahi from Kaduna and Kano states respectively. The role played by Gandujah’s northern governor, which led to him becoming the party’s standard bearer.

He explained that Buhari’s assurance that he would remain neutral throughout the process and the recognition by the northern governors led by Erlufai that power should shift to the southwest were the main factors behind his emergence.

He said: “The North proved to me that Nigeria can survive its unification. Some wanted President Muhammadu Buhari to announce someone, but the President said no. He insisted that the process must be done democratically. President That said, anyone who would disrupt the APC process would see the other side of him. He stayed upright and went through the process.

“The northern APC governor decided that the presidency must go to the south, especially the southwest. Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Abdullahi Ganduje and others supported me until the end. The battle was tough and I was skeptical. There were so many rumours and I didn’t know what to believe.”

Tinubu stressed that he enjoyed the support of Buhari who had affirmed his full support to make sure he (Tinubu) wins the election.

“President Buhari told me that I promoted his name by winning the primary because the process was clean and transparent and no one could accuse him of rigging it. President Buhari said I gave him credit and I deserved to be president.

“When I asked him to nominate me for a vice presidential nominee, he said I should choose whoever I want, that’s why I chose a competent person in Kashim Shettima, who never lost any election, and Protect Christians in trouble in his state,” he said.

Tinubu said he had earlier visited Chief Fasoranti before the presidential primary and the Afenifere leader prayed for him to win the election.

“Dad prayed for me and I said once I got it, I would be back. I thank God Almighty that the dream of that era has come true. Lots of fights. Many of them wanted Buhari to anoint the other, but he (Bukhari) refused. Some northern governors got together and decided it (power) had to go to the south.

“To be sure, there are no Yoruba men and women who oppose this vote. They support it. I want to tell you that I will take home the trophy. This is not just a Yoruba thing. This is a Nigerian project.

In his response, Pa Fasoranti, who briefly prayed for the APC candidate, simply declared, “Tinubu will win the election”.



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