Nigeria’s Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has spoken out about reports that President Muhammadu Buhari and former Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu had made a deal for the presidency in 2023.
Since before the 2015 general elections, the accusation has been making the rounds.
It is thought that after Tinubu was ousted as the All Progressives Congress (APC) vice presidential candidate, a compromise on 2023 was reached with Buhari to quell opposition to a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Yemi Osinbajo, the former Lagos Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, was chosen ahead of Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi.
According to reports, Tinubu requested Buhari to reiterate his commitment, which the President supposedly did. The meeting is thought to have taken place in January of 2018.
In an interview with the Daily Trust, Amaechi claims he had no knowledge of the claimed agreement’s specifics.
But I wouldn’t know if President Buhari and our leader, Bola Tinubu, had a secret meeting.
Something must be amiss if I was not present at a public APC meeting. Amaechi stated, “I was not aware that there was an agreement that authority should be given over to Tinubu.”