The National Chairman of the breakaway faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Buba Galadima, has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari never wanted an alliance with the former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu.
He noted that in 2013, Buhari was against forming an alliance with Tinubu who is currently the National Chairman of the ruling APC.
Galadima also alleged that he stopped Pastor Tunde Bakare from emerging as Buhari’s running mate during the build-up of the 2015 Presidential election, adding that he (Galadima) insisted that he would not sign the correspondence to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) unless Bakare’s name was removed.
“Buhari was the one who was against the alliance with Tinubu and I don’t want to say anything. Let Buhari deny what I have said. I was for it and I organised it and I wrote a memo and even produced a candidate for the Vice-Presidency, this same Osinbajo.
“We were a committee of three: Osinbajo, Sule Hamma and me. Sule Hamma promoted the alliance more than anybody else. It was Buhari that refused. Let him deny before us and we will show him. Whenever you see him, ask him why Buba Galadima said he wouldn’t sign INEC’s form with Tunde Bakare’s name.
“I don’t want to say much. Buhari cannot challenge all these things we are saying.”
The APC factional chairman made this revelation in an interview with ‘The Interview’, a monthly magazine.
He noted that his current disagreement with Buhari was not selfish interest, but based on principles.
To show how close his relationship is with President Buhari, he stated that Buhari was the one who gave out his daughter in marriage, adding that his grandson was even named after the president.
“There are no differences between Buhari and me. My daughter visits him in the Villa. He gave out my daughter in marriage. Her first child was named after him. What we are doing is on the basis of principles,” Galadima said.
He noted that he would not blame any cabal that is reportedly around Buhari, because the buck stops on the president’s table. He said that Buhari’s undoing was reason for the massive defections that hit the party recently.
“I don’t believe in any inner circle. The buck stops on Buhari’s table. If Buhari says he doesn’t want to see Mamman Daura or Abba Kyari or any other person, they will not spend two seconds in the Villa.
“So, if there is any inadequacy or shortcoming, it should be that of the President, not an aide. After all, they can only advise. They can’t force his hand. For example, the Nigerian ambassador was in Israel and was said to have attended the official opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.
“And there was this huge outcry by all Nigerians because this is counter to Nigeria’s policy on Israel. Buhari said he would investigate. Now it has been three months. Where is the result of the investigation?”