Tinubu Opens Up on Prospect of Becoming Buhari’s Running Mate for 2019 Presidential Election


The national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has debunked insinuations that he might emerge as running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 presidential election.

Decribing the rumor as fake news, the APC leader said he has absolute confidence in the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, whom he said is performing well alongside the President.

Recall that some news had made round that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, may withdraw to pave way for Asiwaju to come on board as running mate to Buhari, for him (Osinbajo) to face his work as a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

Debunking the reports, the APC leader’s media office stated as follows –

“There is no empirical or logical basis for this mischievously speculative story. Is it even conceivable, as the story recklessly insinuates, that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo would be considering returning to full church work rather than run with his boss, President Buhari, for a second term if the latter so decides without as much as discussing such a sensitive issue with his party and with Asiwaju Tinubu?

In any case, is this story not entirely unwarranted and indefensible as the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket has an electoral mandate of four years out of which it has spent only over two years and a half years?

This is clearly an attempt to distract the APC Federal Government from the yeoman’s job it has been doing in rescuing the country from the deep-rooted socio-economic, political, security and moral mess inherited from the PDP’s 16 years misrule of Nigeria, instigate crisis within the party, stoke dangerous embers of religious disaffection within the party and the country generally and stem the remarkable progress being made in the reinvention and revitalization of Nigeria.

For the avoidance of doubt, Asiwaju Tinubu has absolute confidence and faith in both President Buhari and Vice-President Osinbajo, who have been working hard harmoniously in offering inspirational leadership to Nigeria at a most critical period in her history.”