A former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Alhaji Buba Galadima, has accused President Muhammedu Buhari of trying to go against the gentleman agreement he had with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, that he would hand over power to him in 2023.
Galadima, who is a former ally of Buhari and part of those who negotiated the APC merger in 2013, noted that although there was no definite agreement between the two, there was some sort understanding.
“Not perfectly an agreement, but there was an understanding because Tinubu with one other person and the President also with another person sat down and the information we got was that they agreed that if Tinubu would help Buhari win, he would become the Vice-President. When that was not possible, they called him to ask him to assist because of the exigencies of the time, which wouldn’t have allowed for a Muslim-Muslim ticket,” Galadima said in an interview with the Punch.
“They said that whatever he does, he should deploy and make sure that Buhari becomes President and that when he (Buhari) is going, he would also do whatever he would in his powers to assist Tinubu to become President.
“It looks like they are now going back on that understanding. And a promise is a promise whether written or unwritten because if you can subvert it, God knows your heart. And God never accepts betrayal. When you are committed, whether it is sour or bitter, or tasty, you have to swallow it.”
Galadima revealed that he knew that Buhari wouldn’t want to hand over to Tinubu and had warned the former Lagos State governor.
“Now, it looks like they want to go back on that understanding with Tinubu. This is why Tinubu is bitter and I understand this bitterness, because of what has happened to him, which I told him years back. I told him what was going to happen to him. And everything that I predicted those years is now happening. My prayer for him (Tinubu) is that he should come out of this unscathed and healthy. That is my biggest prayer for him,” he said.
“But for him, it looks like he has already been subverted. The only way he can get his momentum is if the party agrees to do primaries. If the party agrees to go to the primaries, I have no doubt in my mind that Tinubu may emerge victorious, but as far as the consensus which they want to adopt is concerned, he is out of the game.”