Speaking in the second edition of The Interview magazine, which hits the newsstand this week, Bakare revealed how President Muhammadu Buhari chose him as running mate in 2011 and the role of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the-then national leader of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), later the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the drama that followed.
Mr Azubuike Ishiekwene, Managing Director/ Editor in Chief of The Interview, in a statement, also quoted Bakare as saying, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had come to tell him that ACN wanted him to persuade Buhari to be the party’s flagbearer. “When I first spoke to Tinubu about it, he (Tinubu) said, ‘the greatest mobiliser in the South West will be his running mate…’”
Apart from describing how former president Goodluck Jonathan’s minion Godswill Orubebe, chased him (Bakare) with a $50,000 “gift”, Bakare ascribed Jonathan’s failure to his lack of capacity. “At best, he worked with some botanical things before his odyssey into fame and power,” said the fiery man of God.
In an interview that he would later say “drained him of virtue,” Bakare did not mince his words about the leadership tussle in the South West, the challenges before Buhari and his potential role in Buhari’s government.’’