– A report says Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is being considered as running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of 2019
– The report also claims Professor Yemi Osinbajo could be returning to the pulpit as a pastor
– It states that series of meetings have been held between Tinubu and Buhari’s men
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, may become President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate, a report by Daily Sun has indicated.
The report, which has not been independently verified, says while Tinubu could become the next vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo could return to the pulpit as pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
The report quoted a source as indicating that Osinbajo may have notified the church of his interest to return to pastoral work.
According to the report, it is believed that Tinubu is being considered because of his ability to mobilise the south-west in the forthcoming general elections.
“It was gathered that Osinbajo’s replacement with Tinubu is being mooted as a way to have a solid South West support for the APC, in the face of a South East-South-South alliance in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),” the report quoted sources as saying.
According to the report, until recently, Buhari and Tinubu had a frosty relationship and this caused the fear that the party could lose. This, it said, made it important to woo the former governor of Lagos.
It added that series of meetings had been held to concretise this decision, but added that Tinubu’s camp denied the claim.
A senior member of the camp was quoted as saying: “We don’t have anything to say on the matter now,” but added: “Let’s talk more on this later in the day.”
It also said Osinbajo’s men refused to speak on the alleged development.
It was earlier reported that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu recently revealed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will follow due democratic process in selecting its presidential candidate for the 2019 elections.
The report quoted The Punch as stating that the APC leader spoke on Wednesday, November 22, shortly after his meeting with leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, the Afenifere, at the residence of the leader of the organisation, Pa Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, Ondo State.