Revealed: How Tinubu Rebuffed Babangida’s Plea To Dumb Buhari In Support Of Jonathan In 2015 Election
Roles allegedly played by former Military President Ibrahim Babangida in the last 2015 presidential election has been revealed in a book titled, ‘On a platter of gold: How Jonathan won and lost Nigeria,” written by former minister of sports and current National Publicity Secretary of APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi.
Abdullahi claimed that Babangida made frantic efforts to convince national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to dump Muhammadu Buhari in support of Goodluck Jonathan, weeks before the 2015 general elections
The meeting allegedly held in the Abuja residence of Babangida, at the instance of Jonathan, where the former military leader tried to convince Tinubu to jump ship.
Abdullahi wrote that Tinubu turned down any form of partnership with Jonathan over claims that the former president did not keep previous agreements they had in the run up to the 2011 presidential election.
Again, the author did not list the four agreements.
“Yet again, he approached Babangida and asked him to help broker a meeting, which was held in Babangida’s house in Abuja. But Tinubu was not as accommodating as he had been four years earlier.
“He (Tinubu) reminded Jonathan of the small print of their agreement in 2011, when the president had promised to do four things for Tinubu in return for his support.
“Now, he (Tinubu) asked Babangida to ask Jonathan which of the four promises he had kept. Then a clincher: the APC leader asked Jonathan what made him think that he, Bola Tinubu, did not also want to be president of Nigeria?” he wrote in the book.