Tinubu Helped Me Become Jigawa Governor – Badaru
The Governor of Jigawa State, North West Nigeria, Muhammad Badaru has recalled how the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC and Presidential Aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, help create the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party under which he became governor in 2015.
powercorridor.ng reports that Badaru said this while Speaking to the party’s delegates at the Manpower Development Institute, Dutse, in the presence of Tinubu.
Tinubu was in the state to canvas for votes for the forthcoming party’s presidential primaries.
Badaru said Tinubu’s support made it possible for him to win the governorship election in 2015.
He said he is one of the few who can walk into Mr Tinubu’s bedroom, wake him up even if he is sleeping.
Badaru noted that a strong bond exists between them.
Badaru said In Jigawa, they are Buharist (Diehard fans of president Buhari) and they can do whatever the president ask them to do, but nobody can be more Buharist than Tinubu.
He Said nobody knows the friendship, link between President Muhammadu Buhari and Mr Tinubu.
He said no matter what people say on the streets, Buhari holds Tinubu dearly.
Badaru said, “In 2011, we were looking for platform to contest the gubernatorial election in Jigawa, Asiwaju Bola Ahmad Tinubu provided me with that platform, in that election I came second.
“Despite all the challenges, it was the contest that help galvanize my support, making it possible for me to win election in 2015.
“Sir, in Jigawa, we always say we will do what President Muhammadu Buhari ask us to do. We know your relationship with Buhari and he (Mr Buhari) treats me like a son and I will always respect and cherish that. Sir you are welcome to Jigawa State, count on our loyalty.”
In his response, Tínubu said though Badaru is contesting against him, he will defeat the governor during the primary.
Tinubu’s jocular comments was greeted with loud applause from the delegates with many hailing and shouting out Mr Tinubu’s monikers – ‘Asiwaju of Lagos’ the ‘Jagaban of Bargu’
Tinubu said, “Governor Badaru is my brother, we started the ACN together, it does not mean we cannot compete, we are like a conjoined twins, it will take a specialist doctor to separate us, evil will not separate us.”
He pleaded for the support of the state’s party’s delegates to vote for him to pursue his political ambition, to become the next president of Nigeria.