The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has claimed that he did not want his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, to return to the senate for a third term, but changed his mind when some influential members in the Lagos APC Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) prevailed on him.
Backstory: Tinubu, who was reacting to allegations of imposing candidates, gave the explanation while addressing party leaders and members at a stakeholders’ meeting, prior to the postponed Presidential and National Assembly polls, at Police College, Play-Ground, Ikeja in Lagos.
He said: “Let me tell the story of how Bayo Osinowo, APC Senatorial candidate for Lagos East emerged (displacing incumbent Senator Gbenga Ashafa). I was still thinking on the way to go for the primaries. I told them, we will not follow the third term syndrome. No candidate will go for a third term which also affected my wife Remi. I did not want her to go for a third term.”
According to him, he wanted his wife “back at home” but Prince Tajudeen Olusi, leader of the GAC and some members “led the coup against that decision. And after much argument, I conceded and said I will obey you. That was how Remi got the APC third term ticket.”
He said for the Lagos East senatorial district, where Ashafa was also bidding to go for the third term and eventually lost out to Osinowo, “I was contemplating on who could be our candidate when Kaoli Olusanya led leaders from Ikorodu to my house saying they have resolved to send Bayo Osinowo to the Senate for the East Senatorial District and that was it.”
Bottom Line: It seems rather convenient that Tinubu, who could not be prevailed upon by anyone, not even the presidency, to allow Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, win a second term ticket, was suddenly prevailed upon in just this one instance involving his wife.