A former Chairman of the defunct Congress Progressives Change, Rufai Hanga, has alleged that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, prevented Tunde Bakare from operating with President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
In 2011, Bakare ran with Buhari for Presidency however they misplaced. In 2015, Buhari ran alongside Yemi Osinbajo and secured victory.
Both of them have been reelected in 2019.
In an interview with Daily Trust, Hanga said that Buhari needed to run with Bakare once more in 2015 however Tinubu stopped that by bringing Osinbajo.
He stated, “There was a time that we wanted to merge with Tinubu’s party, the ACN, ahead of the 2011 election. These people went and told Buhari everything and that he shouldn’t accept anything from Tinubu.
“Instead of Buhari to pick a running mate, El-Rufai brought Tunde Bakare as running mate to Buhari. And Tinubu was annoyed, backed out and he (Buhari) failed.
“Everything went like that. But we polled 12million votes. Then people were saying that if Buhari could poll such votes, then he must be a strong ally. Later Tinubu came to Buhari and said, ‘Sir, they must have told you certain things about me. I agree that I am a bad boy but we will produce results for you. It is not prayers. Politics is a game. We will do it and succeed but we must abide by the agreement.’ Buhari agreed. But the spin doctors continued to mount pressure. Tunde Bakare was to be picked again but Tinubu stopped it and the present vice president was brought in.”
Hanga alleged that the APC is plotting to rig the 2023 elections.
He additionally confused that regardless of the function he performed within the emergence of Buhari because the President of Nigeria, some highly effective individuals blocked him from reaping the reward of his labour.