Former News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Managing Director Bayo Onanuga says he regrets introducing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to former Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu in 1999.

This was stated by the Spokesman for the Bola Tinubu Presidential Campaign Organization in an article published on Monday in Abuja.

According to Onanuga, Tinubu chose Osinbajo from the classroom at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and appointed him as Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of Lagos State in 1999.

According to the veteran journalist, Tinubu named Osinbajo to his cabinet in the presence of former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, and former Lagos Commissioner for Information, Dele Alake.

Onanuga recalled that Tinubu had written down Bayo Oriola’s name as the Commissioner for Justice before he asked Tinubu to nominate his close friend, Osinbajo.

When the veteran journalist nominated Osinbajo and praised him, Tinubu asked him to invite the Vice President over.

“Looking back now, do I regret what I did in January 1999?” he said. Yes, I have some regret, especially since my actions harmed Bayo Oriola; and I apologize to Oriola once more. I could not have predicted today’s events between Tinubu and Osinbajo, whom I nominated to be the next Justice Commissioner.

I went to Osinbajo’s house in Ogudu after the meeting to invite him to meet the new governor, Bola Tinubu. I recall entering the apartment through the kitchen. The wife was present when I delivered the message and later left the house with him.

“I have never published this story before, and I hereby apologize to my namesake Bayo Oriola for obstructing what should have been his rightful entitlement based on his role in the campaign.” “I hope Oriola dares to forgive me.”

According to Onanuga, Alake and the former Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler, both recommended Osinbajo for the position of Justice Commissioner.

Tinubu later nominated Osinbajo as President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in the 2015 election, which they won, according to the former NAN boss.

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