Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie has debunked the notion that the All Progressives Congress(APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was single-handedly responsible for President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the 2015 polls because of votes from the South-West. Speaking to our correspondent on phone, Coomassie said the claim attributed to Tinubu is grossly inaccurate.
According to the former Inspector General of Police, the Southwest sat on the fence during the last election as some people voted for the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), while others voted for APC during the presidential election.
The ACF Chairman, who said that although he has not seen where Tinubu made the claim or where the claim was attributed to him, promised that the Pan Northern group will issue a formal statement.
Speaking in the same vein, Alhaji Bello Maitama Yusuf, former Internal Affairs Minister in the Second Republic, pointed out that the votes of Kano State alone was more than what the entire South West gave Buhari.
In his own reaction, the North West zonal Vice Chairman of APC, Barrister Inuwa AbdulKadir, said that the issue is not the number of votes, but the spread. He said that an analysis of the result shows that all sections of Nigeria contributed in giving victory to APC in the last election.
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Joseph Waku, in an interview with Sunday Telegraph, last week, has said all Nigerians voted for President Buhari, contrary to the claim that APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu brought him to power, “Nigerian needed a change and the driver of that change is Buhari.
Let no Nigerian deceive you. Take it or leave it, Buhari won the election. Full stop. Tinubu must have contributed more than the rest of us, but you cannot take away the fact that Buhari won the election and to say Tinubu brought Buhari to power is an over-exaggeration.
A lot of Nigerians and other party leaders contributed a lot. Kano State alone contributed about 1.8 million to Buhari’s total score, and so did many states in the North. Kano’s votes is more than the votes of the entire South-West,” Waku said.