Senator Oluremi Tinubu says her husband was sidelined by APC despite helping it to power

ALL Progressives Congress (APC) leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was sidelined by his party after it won the 2015 Nigerian general elections despite his role in securing victory  according to his wife Senator Oluremi Tinubu.


In the run-up to the 2015 elections, Asiwaju Tinubu merged his Action Congress of Nigeria with President Muhammadu Buhari's Congress for Progressive Change and the All Nigeria Peoples Party to form the APC. This enabled the APC to coast to victory in the elections and President Buhari to defeat incumbent president Dr Goodluck Jonathan.


However, according to Senator Tinubu, who represents the Lagos Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, shortly afterwards, her husband was sidelined despite his efforts towards ensuring that APC won the polls. She added that she was forced to discourage her husband from his continued loyalty to the presidency and the APC.


Even President Buhari's wife Aisha had lamented the fact that those who worked for her husband to get into power had been sidelined in the scheme of things under the current administration. Recently, in a sign that things may be changing, President Buhari mandated Asiwaju Tinubu to reconcile aggrieved party members ahead of the 2019 general elections, an assignment the former governor of Lagos State has since begun.


Senator Tinubu said: “He was campaigning, I did too. We were running three campaigns in my house and for him to be trashed like that but I saw somebody who has love for this country.


"I hate to speak because when I stand in the front of God, I don’t want, because of this man, go to hell. Occasionally, I would chip in and I would say you’re still helping out, why are you helping out? but he would say this country matters to me more."


However, Senator Tinubu pointed out that despite the fact that the Buhari administration is now facing massive criticisms, the president remains the candidate to beat in the forthcoming elections. She added: "For me, Buhari is still the candidate to beat as leadership is inspirational and management is technical.


She added that the poor still trust President Buhari and when it comes to integrity, he has it. In February next year, Nigeria goes to the polls again and already several candidates have expressed their interest in the presidency, while President Buhari is expected to stand for a second term.