Bola Tinubu has emerged as the winner of the All Progressives Congress, APC, primary elections.
Bola Tinubu snatched half of the total votes to defeat his major opponents, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and the former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
About 2,322 delegates from across the country had stormed the Eagles Square to elect the flag bearer of the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
In other news, two leading presidential aspirants of the All Progressive Congress, APC – Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, have allegedly offered thousands of American dollar to secure the votes of delegates at the ongoing APC presidential primary at the Eagles Square, Abuja.
According to Peoples Gazette, at least five delegates from Adamawa and Ogun states in separate interviews on Tuesday disclosed that they were offered American banknotes to support Bola Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The delegate provided information under anonymity to avoid being accused of anti-party conduct that could carry severe disciplinary measures.
Whereas Bola Tinubu gave Ogun delegates $25,000 each to induce his acceptance as the party’s presidential flag-bearer tonight, Adamawa delegates said they received $10,000 each from Bola Tinubu’s surrogates. The delegates have converted on Abuja starting last week ahead of the primary scheduled to be held June 6-8.
“Ashiwaju’s people came here and they said we should support him because he has the best chance to defeat Atiku Abubakar,” a delegate told The Gazette. “Then they said they didn’t come empty-handed.”
Delegates from Ogun confirmed getting $25,000 from the former Lagos governor. They, however, said they rejected $5,000 from Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s surrogates.
“The vice-president’s people initially said he didn’t have any money to give and advised everyone to vote their conscience,” a delegate said. “But suddenly they came back to say he wanted to give us $5,000 to support our transportation and hotel accommodation.”
The delegates admitted they rejected the money because it was smaller than what Bola Tinubu, perhaps the biggest contender for the ticket, had already offered. The delegates shared pictures of the cash gift they said came from Bola Tinubu, The Gazette reports.
At least one delegate claimed being shortchanged by Bola Tinubu’s surrogates.
“I don’t know what happened but they only gave me $9,000,” the politician said. “I am working now to get the balance from the person they sent to us.”
Earlier, Spokesperson of the Bola Tinubu Campaign Organisation, Bayo Onanuga, has said that he regrets nominating Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as Attorney-General to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu after the later won the 1999 governorship election in Lagos State.
Narrating how he recommended Osinbajo to Bola Tinubu in a statement titled ‘Tinubu and Osinbajo: The True Story of How They Met’, Onanuga said days after Tinubu was elected as governor in 1999, he started deliberating on the people that would form his cabinet.
The statement reads: “Tinubu had just won the election as governor of Lagos state and days after, we met on the 6th floor of Kresta Laurel at Maryland, which Otunba Gbenga Daniel donated for our use
“On this day, Tinubu shared with us some of the ‘certain’ appointments he intended to make. Those who were at the meeting were Otunba Daniel, Dele Alake and I. Tinubu [said] attorney-general will be Bayo Oriola.
“I shot back and said: ‘I have a better person for you’, my exact words. Tinubu was startled by my interjection. ‘He is a Law Professor and the man who drafted our company’s MOU. He crafted it in a brilliant way that protected us from the founding partners. Without this, the other shareholders would have thrown us out’, I explained.
“I also said Osinbajo had worked with prince Bola Ajibola, who was the attorney-general and Minister of Justice under President Ibrahim Babangida.
“Dele and Otunba Daniel did not oppose my nomination, surprisingly. Tinubu also appeared eager to meet the ‘wonder lawyer’ that I had just sold to him, to replace a man, who had served as the lawyer to the campaign.
“After the meeting, I went to Osinbajo’s house in Ogudu to invite him to meet the new governor, Bola Tinubu. I remember entering the apartment from the kitchen. The wife was there when I delivered the message and left the house with him, later.
“Looking back now, do I regret what I did in January 1999? Yes, I would say I have some regret, especially since my action hurt Bayo Oriola. And my apology to Oriola once again. I could not have foreseen today’s turn of events between Bola Tinubu and Osinbajo, who I nominated to be Justice Commissioner.”