2015: I’ve Not Picked Tinubu As Running Mate – Buhari.
Sequel to some parts of media report concerning All Progressives Congress presidential candidate in 2015, a former presidential candidate and national leader of the APC, retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has debunked the report, saying that he has not picked a former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as his running mate ahead of 2015 election.
It has been speculated in the media that the opposition party was going for Muslim/Muslim ticket ahead of the 2015 elections. It was also confirmed by an ardent critic of President Jonathan, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode.
The party leader of APC, Malam Ya’u Darazau said the party has no plan of picking Tinubu as running mate to General Buhari.
He added that the leadership of the party has not made up its mind on the candidates to run in 2015.
He said: “Those who will be presidential and vice-presidential flag bearers will be named during the party’s convention. It is untrue that the General will have Tinubu as his running mate in the 2015 elections and the matter hasn’t even been discussed.
“The General and, indeed, other party leaders are trying to unite the party now and ensure the success of the congresses. We don’t know where and how the rumour emerged because convention has to be conducted before presidential candidate and his running mate is chosen and this has not yet been done,” he said.
A chieftain of the APC, Osita Okechukwu fingered the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as orchestrating such speculation.
He said, “The context emanates from the truism that the registration of APC on 31 July 2013, an outcome of the first consummation of merger of major political parties in the annals of our political history, has set the stage to propel our fledgling democracy to the zenith of liberal democracy.
“Naturally, pundits and minders of the PDP are speculating and making all manner of permutations on the ticket of the APC, especially when the party draws large followership from the two prominent electoral zones – North West and South West,” he said.