A former National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prof Wale Oladipo, has revealed that the was excited that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo lost the All Progressives Congress’ primary.
Premium Politics reported that former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, emerged as the presidential candidate of the APC after defeating 13 other aspirants by polling 1,271 votes.
A former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, got 316 votes while VP Osinbajo came third with 253 votes. The Electoral Committee voided 13 votes.
Although Osinbajo didn’t come close to defeating Tinubu in the primary, Oladipo who felt that Tinubu is in the wrong party told The PUNCH that Osinbajo would have been a difficult opponent for the PDP.
If you said he was in the wrong party, would you have preferred him in your party, which he has demonised several times?
If Asiwaju was in the PDP, I would have difficulty not supporting him. But he belongs to the wrong political party; a contraption. With due respect to them, many of our men are on sabbatical in the APC but I’m very proud that they are the ones calling the shots in the party. However, if the vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, had been the candidate of the APC; in fact I had to congratulate myself that he didn’t emerge as the candidate, because of his competence, seriousness, discipline, frugality and good education.
What would have happened if Osinbajo won the party’s ticket?
We would have had to work harder than we are doing now, based on the attributes I highlighted. But it’s good Asiwaju Bola Tinubu picked the ticket and he has a Muslim as his running mate. It’s good for us.