The Director-General, Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has said explained why the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, did not run alongside President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
According to the top politician, the joint ticket would have been a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Speaking with newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, he also dismissed speculations of a succession pact between Buhari and Tinubu.
He hailed APC’s leadership for proposing the presentation of a consensus candidate for the 2023 presidential election.
Speaking on rumoured agreement between the president and Tinubu as Senator Hanga suggested, Okechukwu said: “As a member of the defunct CPC, I never heard of such an agreement and most importantly Mr President is not won’t to, or better put, rarely enters into any formal or informal agreement with anybody. But he appreciates good deeds.
“All I know was that Asiwaju automatically could have been the Vice President if not for what lawyers will call force majeure. For our leadership warned against Muslim/Muslim ticket. Our leadership then argued that the Abiola/Kingibe Muslim/Muslim ticket which worked in 1993 may not work in 2015, if Buhari/Tinubu both Muslims were to run, as the scenario differs. That was how Asiwaju nominated Professor Yemi Osinbajo, GCON as a replacement