Speaking in Ogun State when he met with APC delegates, Tinubu stated that Saraki worked against his vice presidential bid because he wanted to emerge as Senate President.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu has revealed why he didn't emerge as President Muhammadu Buhari's running mate in 2015.
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged that former Senate President, Bukola Saraki worked against his move to emerge as President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in 2015 because of his ambition to become Senate President.
He stated that Saraki, a former Kwara governor, stated a campaign of calumny against him when he saw those that joined the APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won’t get anything.
Tinubu said, “Buhari wanted me to be his Vice President. He said because the first time he contested, he picked (Chuba) Okadigbo; flamboyant, catholic, but Nigerians didn’t vote for him (Buhari). The second time, he picked another Igbo, Edwin Ume-Ezeoke, Nigerians didn’t vote for him, that if he brought the Pope to run as his deputy, Nigerians would not vote for him, that ‘you, Bola Tinubu, you have six governors, you have never lost an election before, come and be my running mate.
“He knew all the calculations then favoured us. That was why he wanted me as his running mate, but I told him to let us build the party first. And when we finished building the party, we brought in people from the PDP. Saraki saw that those from the PDP would not get anything if Buhari, a Muslim becomes the President and me, also a Muslim becomes his deputy. He won’t become the Senate President and the Senate President could not also be a Muslim. That was how they started the campaign of calumny against me.
“And I told them that I had a candidate that is a Christan that I could nominate so that the party would not break. That was how I nominated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. I surrendered my right to him (Osinbajo).”