A former associate of the President Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Buba Galadima, has the president to honour agreement he had with the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in 2014.
In an exclusive interview with Punch, Galadima said that it would amount to an act of betrayal if Buhari reneges from the promise, saying that all forms of betrayals are punishable by God.
Telescope.ng gathered that he noted that as the events unfold in the APC ahead of its presidential primary, it seems that the president wants to go back on his agreement with Tinubu
He said: “Not perfectly an agreement, but there was an understanding because Tinubu with one other person and the President also with another person sat down and the information we got was that they agreed that if Tinubu would help Buhari win, he would become the Vice-President. When that was not possible, they called him to ask him to assist because of the exigencies of the time, which wouldn’t have allowed for a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
“They said that whatever he does, he should deploy and make sure that Buhari becomes President and that when he (Buhari) is going, he would also do whatever he would in his powers to assist Tinubu to become President. It looks like they are now going back on that understanding. And a promise is a promise whether written or unwritten because if you can subvert it, God knows your heart. And God never accepts betrayal. When you are committed, whether it is sour or bitter, or tasty, you have to swallow it.
“Now, it looks like they want to go back on that understanding with Tinubu. This is why Tinubu is bitter and I understand this bitterness, because of what has happened to him, which I told him years back. I told him what was going to happen to him. And everything that I predicted those years is now happening. My prayer for him (Tinubu) is that he should come out of this unscathed and healthy. That is my biggest prayer for him.”
The northern leader also noted that it is certain that Buhari would anoint a candidate who would succeed him when he leaves office in 2023.
Galadima added: “You don’t need to be a prophet or soothsayer to know that the President will indeed anoint whosoever he wants to be the candidate of the APC. But what one needs to look at is whether he could do that with some sense of decorum, with some sense of decency, with some sense of consideration for the opinion of the majority members of his party. My answer is No. Therefore, whoever he anoints will cause bickering, infighting, and a lot of anti-party activities. This will bedevil the APC.”