Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s Minister of Transport, has opened up on speculations that President Muhammadu Buhari and former Governor of Lagos, Bola Tinubu, had a pact on the 2023 presidency.
The claim has been making the rounds since before the 2015 general elections.
It is speculated after Tinubu was dropped as All Progressives Congress (APC) vice presidential candidate to douse opposition to a Muslim-Muslim ticket, a deal on 2023 was agreed with Buhari.
Former Lagos Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Yemi Osinbajo was picked ahead of Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi.
Tinubu, it was gathered, asked Buhari to restate his promise which the President allegedly affirmed. It is believed that the meeting took place in January 2018.
In an interview with Daily Trust, Amaechi insists he was not privy to details of the alleged agreement.
“But if there was a private meeting between President Buhari and our leader, Tinubu, I wouldn’t know.
“If it was a public APC meeting and I was not there, then something must be wrong. I was not told that there was an agreement that power should be handed over to Tinubu,” Amaechi said.