Being well known as the brain behind the running of the ruling party APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has continued to demonstrate his calculative skills in the Nigerian politics and this time, it is all about the 2023 presidency.
Various efforts by the APC’s foremost man, Ahmed Tinubu which were aimed at 2023 presidency seems to be gradually yielding positively as most of Asiwaju’s calculated steps have succeeded.
A popular Chinese proverbs says, the best time to plant a bamboo tree is twenty years back and another best time is now. This is exactly what Bola Ahmed Tinubu has done as his plan to presidency started long before anyone could imagine but few of his recently calculated steps which has brought him closer to his dream more than ever before will be revealed here.
Recalling that Tinubu contributed greatly to the merging of opposition parties in 2013 that produced APC, which was mainly the coming together of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC; the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and the new PDP; a faction of the then ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP. This was one big leap for Asiwaju Tinubu because it was obvious that the North was not ready to release power and will rather withdraw from running at that time to support a northerner to bear the party’s flag as first APC candidate that will become Nigeria’s president knowing well that Nigerians were pissed off with the then Jonathan’s administration and any other popular presidential candidate apart from Jonathan would just be ok. And it turned out successful. Extraordinary genius move right?
With Asiwaju Tinubu backing the Buhari’s administration to rerun for 2019, it was however being said by different political icons that this was the fufilment of Tinubu’s other end of the deal for him to run for presidency in 2023. And this ofcourse seem playing out as planned.
What seemed to be most recent on the list of Tinubu’s successful stride to 2023 presidency is the election of Buhari’s candidate, Ahmed Lawan as senate president and Tinubus’s ‘boy’ Femi Gbajabiamila as the one to lead the Federal House of Representative for the next four years. However, Tinubu has laboured for APC in general and Buhari in particular, but all these labour seems to be hinged on his 2023 presidential ambition, which is why he sacrificed so much to deliver the South-west during the last general elections, in which many observed as one of the most rigged elections in Nigeria’s history where vote buying becomes the norm on election days as we can all remember the story of the bullion van that was driven into Tinubu’s house on election day.
A good prove of the above assertions is the first move by Ahmed Lawan, the new senate president who recently affirmed that it is time for power to move to the South – West. And the question is, who is the stronghold of APC from the South-West capable to take up the 2023 presidency challenge?
As all direction points at Jagaban, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for 2023 presidency, the battle ahead of him is majorly with northern strongholds. One of these strong holds seem to include Kaduna State Governor Nasir el’Rufai. Recalling that Nasir el’Rufai in a forum in Lagos recently emphasized on the need to destroy godfatherism expecially in Lagos state boasting that he had succeeded in beating godfatherism to submission in Kaduna state. This looks likes bringing the war to Tinubu’s strong hold ahead of 2023 as Mallam Nasir el’Rufai has been speculated on several occasions to be aspiring for 2023 presidency as well.
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This big question now is, what is Jagaban’s strategy to beat the northern forces to submission. Nigerians should expect more headline from Nasir el’Rufai and Tinubu as the battle line of the political cold war to power is gradually getting obvious.