A former chieftain of the Congress for Progressives Change, CPC, Rufai Hanga, has opened up on the pact between President Muhammadu Buhari and the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu regarding the 2023 presidential election.
Hanga, who was the founding National Chairman of the CPC revealed that there was an agreement that President Muhammadu Buhari would hand over power to the former Lagos state governor in 2023.
He said the agreement was an “open secret.”
He said Tinubu would have dumped APC after Buhari’s first tenure but opted to remain with the party due to the “implied agreement.”
“This is an open secret. There was an implied agreement. Even in law, there is an implied and expressed act. If something is expressed, there are no two ways about it.
“There was an implied agreement that he would take over. That is why he didn’t back out after the first tenure. If Tinubu knew that he would not benefit, he would have backed out during Buhari’s first tenure. But he knows there was an agreement,” Hanga said.
Buhari was a member of the defunct CPC which merged with ACN and ANPP to form APC.
Meanwhile, there are insinuations that Tinubu is nursing a presidential ambition ahead of 2023.
Amid calls by loyalists, the former Lagos State Governor is yet to publicly make his intention known.
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To this end, Tinubu recently denied opening a campaign headquarters in Abuja.
The APC National Leader’s campaign posters have been sighted in some states of the federation.
However, the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church leader, Primate Ayodele, had warned Tinubu against pushing for the presidency.
Primate Ayodele had pointed out that Tinubu’s tenure would be a disaster if he becomes president.