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Tinubu and Osinbajo: The exact tale of how they met, By Bayo Onanuga

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I never wished to write down this tale but I became inspired to withhold out so this day, following Buba Galadima’s interview with the Punch on Monday. Buba struck a chord when he spoke in regards to the topic of belief in the connection between Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

You accumulate Osinbajo must possess given up his presidential ambition for loyalty to Tinubu?, Buba became requested.

He answered: “If he doesn’t, are you able to now belief him? Whenever you stare upon how Osinbajo came with Tinubu and he’s now contesting in opposition to Tinubu who brought him, how protected would you be to work with this form of person?

“If the person that did all this to any individual who made him commissioner, made him this, made him that and he is now stopping him. You are going to now are desirous to fight for him now, what would possibly well presumably be your field later in life with him?”.

Right esteem Buba, I genuinely feel strongly that Osinbajo has grossly violated the belief that ordinarily would possibly well presumably merely serene exist between him and Tinubu.

Contrary to the tales in the social media, I became the one God conventional to ship Osinbajo into Tinubu’s circle in January 1999.

Tinubu had pleasing won the election as governor of Lagos Explain and days after, we met on the sixth ground of Kresta Laurel at Maryland, which Otunba Gbenga Daniel donated for our use. On on the moment, Tinubu shared with us just among the ‘definite’ appointments he intended to invent. Those that had been on the meeting had been Otunba Daniel, Dele Alake and I. Tinubu sat on the pinnacle of the table as he acknowledged he would invent Rafiu Tinubu the Lagos Explain Head of Service. We argued over this and he justified the planned appointment by asserting that Rafiu, who’s now unhurried, became a senior permanent secretary in the Lagos Civil Service.

“Felony authentic-Frequent will almost definitely be Bayo Oriola”, Tinubu acknowledged.

I shot motivate and acknowledged: ” I possess the next person for you”, my exact words. Tinubu became startled by my interjection.

“Who is that,” he requested.

“He’s a Legislation Professor and the person that drafted our company’s MOU. He crafted it in a supreme intention that protected us from the founding companions. With out this, the other shareholders would possess thrown us out”, I defined.

I additionally acknowledged Osinbajo had labored with Prince Bola Ajibola, who became the Felony authentic-Frequent and Minister of Justice under President Babangida.

Dele and Otunba Daniel did now not oppose my nomination, surprisingly. Tinubu additionally looked interested to fulfill the “wonder lawyer” that I possess pleasing sold to him, to substitute a person, who had served because the lawyer to the marketing campaign.

“Stir and ship him”, Tinubu acknowledged.

Earlier than the meeting ended, Tinubu additionally settled on his nominee for Knowledge Ministry. It became to be Dele Alake and I acknowledged I would possibly return to my space of job to proceed journalism.

After the meeting, I went to Osinbajo’s residence in Ogudu to invite him to fulfill the fresh governor, Bola Tinubu. I keep in mind coming into the house from the kitchen. The wife became there after I delivered the message and left the house with him, later.

I haven’t printed this tale earlier than and hereby are desirous to apologise to my namesake Bayo Oriola, for blocking what must possess rightly been his entitlement, going by the role he performed at some level of the marketing campaign. I am hoping Oriola would possess the guts to forgive me.

This event came about 23 years previously. Thus just a few days previously, I requested Alake to personal the reminiscence gap. Here is what he sent to me from the U.S.

“I remember that day completely. I had genuinely talked about Jebby ( Osinbajo’s nickname) to Asiwaju earlier than that meeting. He acknowledged we’ll witness. You might well query Asiwaju himself. Which became why I didn’t object if you happen to talked about him on the meeting since it reinforced what I had told him.

“My citing Jebby’s name became completely because we had been classmates in Igbobi college – similar lecture room, along with Tunde Fowler, Ade Ashekun, (the one he made ambassador to Canada) and Tunde Durosinmi Etti, dilapidated Commissioner under Ambode. Jebby and I had been additionally attending the same church, Baptist Sheperd Hill Obanikoro, and his father’s residence in Obanikoro now not a ways from my dad’s residence in Pedro facet street in the motivate of the church.

“After you talked about his name that day , Asiwaju serene requested Gbenga Daniel again and Gbenga additionally okayed him.

” Asiwaju knows all these. You had been the person that talked about him openly on the meeting while I had talked about him a day or two earlier than in deepest and Asiwaju again confirmed his name from Daniel.

“When Asiwaju told me he additionally requested about him from Daniel I then told him that Daniel, myself and yourself had been contemporaries in UNILAG and he laughed that we had been doing Akoka cohesion”.

Having a detect motivate now, did I feel sorry about what I did in January 1999. Sure, I would possibly snarl I possess some feel sorry about, especially since my motion damage Bayo Oriola. And my apology to Oriola every other time. I would possibly well presumably now not possess foreseen this day’s turn of events between Tinubu and Osinbajo, who I nominated to be justice commissioner.

Bayo Onanuga, a writer, is a dilapidated managing director of the Files Agency of Nigeria.

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