The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the February 2023 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, was briefed by former PDP spokesman Daniel Bwala about his meeting with President Bola Tinubu.
In an interview, Bwala revealed this to Sunday Politics on Channels Television.
He said, “I informed Atiku Abubakar I was going to see the President. After I had seen the President, I informed him (Atiku) that I had just seen the President and he replied me that, ‘Thanks Daniel for notifying me’.”
Bwala also said his decision to now support President Tinubu does not mean he betrayed Atiku.
“It’s absolute nonsense for somebody to say because I said I will support President Bola Tinubu therefore I betrayed Atiku,” the lawyer said.
He described as absurd, criticisms trailing his sudden-found support for Tinubu whom he flayed during the 2023 politicking process.
Recall that in July 2022, Bwala, then an APC member, dumped the ruling party when Tinubu announced his running mate as ex-Borno governor, Kashim Shettima.
Bwala faulted Tinubu for his choice of a Muslim as himself as a running mate and quickly joined the campaign train of Atiku, a Muslim and ex-Vice President, who chose a Christian as running mate in the person of ex-Delta governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.
However, Bwala met with the President at the Aso Villa in Abuja last week and declared his unalloyed support for him.
Bwala has since attracted a scathing string of criticisms with many questioning his political ideology but the lawyer said “even ideology, you have the right to change ideology”.
The attorney claimed that his role as Atiku’s spokesperson during the previous campaign was akin to that of a salesman, whose only duties included demarketing rival products and closing deals.
Making a dramatic about face, Bwala claimed that he never declared that Tinubu wasn’t qualified to be president of Nigeria and that, given Atiku’s defeat, Tinubu is now qualified for the position.
He added that during his visit with the President on Wednesday, the latter had not promised him a position in his cabinet, but that he would be open to cooperating with him in any role that would serve the interests of the Nigerian people.