Sokoto State Governor, Mallam Aminu Tambuwal has spoken of hitherto unknown encounter between him and the national leader of All Progressive Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu at Bourdillon, the Lagos residence of the latter.
According to Tambuwal, he had visited Tinubu after 2015 election to lobby him to support Senator Bukola Saraki’s aspiration for senate presidency and in exchange conceded to back Asiwaju’s candidate for the House of Representatives’ Speakership, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
The governor claimed Asiwaju was adamant to support Saraki in any way even when he offered to convince the former Kwara governor, a bosom friend of his to contest for Deputy Senate President, alleging that Tinubu’s grouse against Saraki was the latter refusal to back the former Lagos governor’s attempt to be President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in the run-up to the 2015 election.
“So, I pleaded and pleaded and it got to the point that I left where I was seated and knelt before Asiwaju and held his knees and said ‘Asiwaju, I am begging you, I am appealing on behalf of Bukola, please forgive him for whatever sins.’ He said, “Aminu, go back and sit down.” I told him we can resolve this issue and he said how? I said, “if you agree, Bukola can become Deputy Senate President,” he said no, no,” Tambuwal told Vanguard.
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