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2023: Amaechi opens up on ‘deal’ between Buhari and Tinubu

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has finally reacted to speculations that President Muhammadu Buhari and former Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu had a pact on the 2023 presidency.

A source hinted that after Tinubu was dropped as All Progressives Congress (APC) vice presidential candidate to douse opposition to a Muslim-Muslim ticket, a deal on 2023 was agreed with Buhari.

Power brokers rallied, calmed Tinubu and conceded the selection of Buhari’s running mate to him, whereupon he elected for former Lagos Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Yemi Osinbajo.

Before the 2019 polls, the President was said to have re-assured the Jagaban of Borgu of the ticket.

Weeks later, Tinubu invited Bisi Akande, former Osun Governor and APC first National Chairman to join him on a visit to the Presidential Villa.

It is understood that Tinubu asked Buhari to restate his promise, which the President allegedly affirmed.

But in an interview with Daily Trust, Amaechi stated that he was not privy to details of the alleged agreement.

The former Rivers Governor said he was not sure if Buhari and Tinubu held such a private meeting.

He added that as the Director-General of APC Campaign Organisation, he never witnessed such a decision.

“But if there was a private meeting between President Buhari and our leader, Tinubu, I wouldn’t know.

“If it was a public APC meeting and I was not there, then something must be wrong. I was not told that there was an agreement that power should be handed over to Tinubu”, Amaechi added.

Widely rumoured to be preparing a bid for the 2023 presidency, Tinubu is currently in London recuperating after a medical checkup.

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