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Buhari biography reveals how he chose Osinbajo despite pressure

04 October 2016, 07:38

Abuja - A new authorised biography of President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed how he chose Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as his running partner in the 2015 presidential elections despite strong opposition from All Progressives Congress national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Punch reports.

The book, which is titled, 'Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria,' by Prof John Paden detailed how despite the general consensus, Tinubu was not instrumental in the emergence of Osinbajo and strongly opposed the selection of him as Buhari's running mate.

Osinbajo served as Tinubu's Attorney-General when acting as Governor in Lagos State, with the book claiming that Buhari came under intense pressure to nominate another candidate instead of Osinbajo.

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"There was the sticky issue of selecting a running mate. After careful study and discussion, it was agreed that we should field a religiously-balanced ticket given the sensitiveness of the moment.

"Based on this conclusion, the name of Yemi Osinbajo, renowned law professor and former Lagos State Attorney General during my tenure as governor, was proposed as an excellent running mate," Tinubu said.

News24 reported meanwhile that Tinubu and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar recently advised President Buhari on ways the current recession affecting the country could be ended.

Tinubu added that the economic recession in Nigeria, requires sacrifice from all Nigerians to see the nation come of the tough situation.

Photos also were recently published of Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Saraki, former Head of State,Abdulsalami Abubakar and others on Saturday who had participated in the 56th Independence Anniversary programme Presidential Change of Guards Parade at the State House.

For more on this story, visit Punch.

- News 24


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