2023: Atiku wanted me to be his running mate – Tinubu

Atiku and Tinubu

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has claimed his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, wanted them to be running mates in 2007.

Recall that Atiku had criticized Tinubu for deciding the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket, after picking former Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, ahead of the 2023 elections.

Atiku, who was the Action Congress, AC, presidential candidate in 2007, had said Tinubu wanted to be his running mate then.

The former Vice President said his refusal and insistence on a Southern Christian led to a break down in his relationship with Tinubu.

Reacting, the APC presidential candidate accused Atiku of being a “pathological” liar.

In a statement by Tunde Rahman, his media aide, the APC candidate said: “ Atiku may want to be president. However, all he has shown is that he is pathological.

“Let me say openly that Atiku offered me the vice presidential ticket in 2007. Let me also say that my religion has not changed. When he offered the position to me, I was a Muslim and I believe he was aware of my religious faith at the time.

“Atiku’s calculations and deceit had nothing to do with religion or his sensitivity to it. His conduct has everything to do with what we discovered about his paucity of character and love of intrigue.”

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