Spokesman for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential campaign, Festus Keyamo, has opened up on the reason his principal, Bola Ahmed Tinubu said that it is rightfully his time to rule.
He alleged that Tinubu gave the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar a soft landing when he was “thrown out” of the PDP.
According to him, Atiku’s decision to contest by not respecting the zoning principle is one of the reasons the opposition party is in crisis.
He said, “In 2007, Asiwaju decided to call on Atiku who had been thrown out of the PDP at that time because Obasanjo ordered a re-registration of all PDP members because he wanted to weed out people like Atiku.
“And so when Atiku went back to his Jada ward, even as Vice-President, they refused to give him a membership card. That was how they threw Atiku out of the PDP. What happened? Asiwaju had already oiled the political machine called the AC at that time.
“He invited Atiku and gave him the ticket on a platter of gold. Asiwaju could have gone for President but he saw the mood of the nation because Obasanjo was just finishing his Presidency. So he knew that the presidency could not remain in the South. That’s a kind of nationalist, patriotic person that Asiwaju is. He decided to give Atiku the ticket, Atiku failed in 2007.”
Speaking further, he said that in 2011, Tinubu was still the leader of Action Congress but refused to pick the presidential ticket, instead he invited Mallam Nuhu Ribadu to run for President.
Keyamo said after 2011, Asiwaju stretched his hand across the Niger through President Muhammadu Buhari and created a platform and supported him.
He argued that Tinubu has at every point in time, put the nation first.
“He bided his time and when the North had finished its eight years, that was what brought the popular phrase of Emilokan. He is not doing it as a matter of right, but he is just saying that, ‘I have paid my due, its time for the nation to look at my way,’ he is not doing it out of arrogance,” Keyamo added.
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