The running mate of Labour Party’s Peter Obi, Datti Baba-Ahmed, said All Progressives Congress flagbearer, Bola Tinubu, gave Nigerians a bad leader in 2015 because of his “long life” presidential ambition.
He stated this in an interview with Arise Television hours after the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, unveiled him as his running mate on Friday.
According to Baba-Ahmed, Tinubu’s decision to join forces with Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in 2015 was not borne out of his conviction that he was the right person to lead the country.
Baba-Ahmed alleged that Tinubu only supported Buhari for his self-seeking ambition to take over power in 2023.
He said, “I have worked with Atiku (Abubakar). Atiku is knowledgeable in his own right, a master politician and all that. Tinubu is a master politician but he didn’t have to give a Buhari to Nigeria for eight years because he wants to be president. He didn’t have to do all that. If he was that good, he should have simply taken Nigeria in 2015, why bring Buhari and all that has happened?”
He said the agitations for secession by Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho in the South-East and South-West respectively, were a result of poor management of the country’s diversity by the president.
“They (agitations by Kanu and Igboho) have been handled very poorly. Because if for any reason I happened to be President Muhammadu Buhari, I would have in 2015 given Ogbonnaya Onu the SGF of Nigeria and told him I don’t want to hear anything as such. But Buhari was such a bad leader, why hold a part of the country with such disdain? Because they gave you 5% votes? He said it so if I repeat it I’m not wrong.”