TINUBU SHOWCASES OTHER SIDE OF HIS ANTICS
Most political dealings of former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, have been laced with selfishness. Tinubu returned from self-exile only to wangle his way to becoming the governorship candidate of the preferred Alliance for Democray (AD); preferred Funsho Williams became a sacrificial lamb.
In 2003, Tinubu spearheaded tribalism by asking Yoruba to return President Olusegun Obasanjo of the PDP. Obasanjo took the advantage and routed (out) the entire AD, with the exception of Lagos State, which Tinubu managed to secure. This is the same bad trade that Tinubu has tried to re-enact with President Jonathan to the extent that ACN lost woefully in the south-west in presidential votes. This will definitely have serious effect in the governorship election. He ditched CPC. And if not that Lagos residents prefer Fashola, the April 26 governorship election would be lost also. Tinubu has been having running battle with Ribadu, the ACN presidential candidate by starving him of campaign funds, among other things.
But for Fashola being in control of his campaign funds, Tinubu would have frustrated his second term bid. Considering that it would be a fight taken too deep against Lagos residents Tinubu was forced to reluctantly raise Fashola’s hand as the candidate. Tinubu must have considered comments from some influential Nigerians including Archbishop Ademowo and Lady Christy Essien Igbokwe, et al.
Tinubu is known for making too much demand from those governing under ACN. He has choice properties here and there including overseas. He is being alleged for cornering various government contracts. He forced his wife and few other candidates on the ACN party. Instead of courting the Ondo LP Governor Mimiko, Tinubu was recently on abusive spree with the governor.
Today, Tinubu is at it again. When he could not secure his demands from CPC, including making him vice-presidential candidate on a joint ticket, he sold Ribadu’s chances to Jonathan who has promised him that no more arrest by the EFCC, apart from alleged promise of oil blocks, appointment of his former Commissioner for Justice, Osibajo as the next Attorney General and Minister for Justice, etc. Does this mean that what Tinubu is being accused of by EFCC is correct? Someone also asked me not to mention Tinubu’s name whenever I visit Exxon-Mobil.
People of Lagos State already are fed up with political antics of Tinubu and this surely would be displayed as Fashola takes over for his last and second term. It is high time the insatiable Tinubu’s excesses are curtailed.
Chief Fredrick Efosa wrote from Ikpoba Slope, Benin City, Edo State.