– Babachir Lawal has revealed how President Muhammadu Buhari was packaged for the 2015 presidency
– The former SGF said Bola Tinubu played a key role in selling the “Buhari project” for Nigerians
– Lawal also disclosed that Tinubu was the financial force behind the president’s 2015 campaign run
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Babachir Lawal has lifted the lids on how Bola Tinubu helped President Muhammadu Buhari win the 2015 presidential election.
Speaking with The Punch, the former secretary to the government of the federation said Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state, packaged President Buhari for Nigerians before the 2015 election.
Lawal further revealed that the APC national leader was the strong force of financial support for Buhari, adding that he (Tinubu) was a colossus of south-west politics.
According to him, “there’s no denying that there’s a Tinubu factor in the APC.” Lawal stressed that prior to the 2015 election, the north was not with President Buhari but it was Tinubu who made merger and Buhari’s primary election victory possible.
On the financial contribution of the former Lagos governor, Lawal said: “Everybody knows Buhari had no money and he doesn’t play money politics. So he won his presidential primary election without spending money. Also, Buharists didn’t have money; they only had ideas, zeal and fanaticism. And politics requires money.
“At the time, Nigerians saw Buhari as just a wood. He had no emotions. People weren’t seeing him as a loving husband and father and doubted if he could be humane. It was Tinubu who brought in consultants from the US – the firm behind the successful execution of President Barrack Obama’s campaign. It helped to repackage Buhari to Nigerians.
“That was when you started seeing Buhari wearing a suit, and in Igbo, Yoruba and Kanuri attire. The strategy was to transform his image and show a humane, loving and trustworthy person. It helped us.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Babachir Lawal has tipped former Lagos state governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the presidency in 2023.
Lawal, who added his voice to the 2023 presidency and the politics of zoning, said the APC national leader must be given a strong backing to succeed President Buhari because he has done a lot for the ruling party.
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