Do Nigerians Owe Tinubu Presidency Slot?
As a virtuous Nigerian, I have continued to ask myself again and again if indeed we owe the former Lagos State Governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu the slot to become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. While on the surface, Tinubu is seen as the savior of the Nigerian opposition; standing firm as the only person who could look up to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in that era; those who look beyond the ordinary will see that Tinubu already to a very large extent already owns the Presidency.
For a fact, the recent open letter written by Senate President Bukola Saraki in response to an earlier piece by veteran journalist, Dele Momodu has brought to the public the initial hopes of Tinubu to vie for the post of Vice President on a joint ticket with Candidate Muhammadu Buhari. That Asiwaju Bola Tinubu could even think of becoming the Vice President and making efforts in this regards remains disheartening to many Nigerians as the very height of inordinate ambition which is to come to fruition by any and all means available.
Nigerians, as well do not forget how former Rivers State Governor and Director – General of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Committee, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, was schemed out of the race of becoming Vice President by this same cabal led by Bola Tinubu. Right from the NADECO days, the push by Tinubu to be at the helm of affairs no matter what has always been visible as he remains an overtly ambitious Nigerian.
We cannot but focus a little on the hold that Tinubu has on the Presidency, apart from having the office of the Vice President by proxy, Tinubu has his key henchmen such as Babatunde Fashola, Ade Ipaye, Ben Akabueze, Orelope – Adefulire and Femi Ojudu in different appointments as top aides to the President Muhammadu Buhari. This leaves one to imagine what else the former Senator and Governor – Emeritus of Lagos wants.
Nigerians are watching keenly.
Written by Olalekan Alabi.