Buba Galadima, Chairman of the breakaway Reformed APC, R-APC, faction of the ruling All Progressives Progress, APC, has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari initially refused to enter into a political alliance with Bola Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State prior to the 2015 elections.
In an interview with “The Interview”, a monthly magazine based in Abuja, Galadima also revealed that he was the one who insisted on Yemi Osinbajo as Buhari’s deputy rather than the President’s preferred choice of Tunde Bakare, the General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly.
Refraining himself from releasing the full details, Galadima challenged the President to deny his claims that he did not want to have a political relationship with Tinubu.
He also directed the interviewer to ask President Buhari on why he (Galadima) refused to endorse Bakare, who served as the President’s running mate in his failed bid in 2011, on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, form.
He said, “Buhari was the one who was against the alliance with Tinubu and I don’t want to say anything. Let Buhari deny what I have said. I was for it and I organised it and I wrote a memo and even produced a candidate for the Vice-Presidency, this same Osinbajo.
“We were a committee of three: Osinbajo, Sule Hamma and me. Sule Hamma promoted the alliance more than anybody else. It was Buhari that refused. Let him deny before us and we will show him. Whenever you see him, ask him why Buba Galadima said he wouldn’t sign INEC’s form with Tunde Bakare’s name.
“I don’t want to say much. Buhari cannot challenge all these things we are saying.”
Galadima also dismissed insinuations that he suddenly turned against the President because of selfish reasons.
Recalling his closeness with the President, Galadima insisted that his disagreement with Buhari is strictly based on principles.
He said, “There are no differences between Buhari and me. My daughter visits him in the Villa. He gave out my daughter in marriage. Her first child was named after him. What we are doing is on the basis of principles.”