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‘I’m surprised people assumed the presidential contest will create a wedge between the VP and I’, Tinubu says in surprise visit to Osinbajo

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Presidential candidate of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Thursday evening paid an unscheduled visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the latter’s Aguda House residence, Abuja.

The APC flag bearer first visited President Muhammadu Buhari before proceeding to Aguda House.

Tinubu defeated Osinbajo and 12 others at the just concluded presidential primary of the APC.

Tinubu polled 1,271 votes to emerge victorious while Osinbajo polled 235 votes to come third behind Tinubu and ex-transport minister Rotimi Amaechi who polled 231 votes.

The visit occured a few hours after Osinbajo congratulated Mr Tinubu for the victory and pledged to work with him to emerge victorious in the general election.

A source who was at the residence of Osinbajo when Tinubu arrived said, “We were just sitting around when the vice president was informed that Asiwaju had arrived.”

The source, who declined to be named as he has no permission to talk to journalists, said the former Lagos governor was jovial throughout the visit and shared the story of Osinbajo’s contributions not just to him as a person but to his political sojourn.

“He particularly recalled the efforts of the vice president in securing court victories for the defunct ACN especially with the court case in Osun State,” he said.

The source said Tinubu narrated how Osinbajo went to the UK at a time of extreme weather to get fingerprint technology that was used to help the court cases.

“Asiwaju said he is surprised that people assume the presidential contest will create a wedge between him and the vice president. He told us that they have come a long way and they are like blood brothers now.

“He said what happened was just democracy in action and there was nothing wrong with it,” the source said.

Tinubu was accompanied on the visit by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and some other politicians.

Tinubu will now challenge Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the PDP, and those of other opposition parties in next year’s presidential election.



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