Editor’s Note: Babatunde Obele, a sociologist from Abuja, posited in this statement that delegates on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will stand after President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership in choosing the party’s presidential nominee.
Just recently I wrote an article explaining why Tinubu might does not receive the presidential nomination from APC. In that article I had quoted Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, the former director general of Tinubu’s presidential campaign, who left the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and joined the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP). In a statement he issued to explain the reason for his decision to leave the APC, he explained in part that “…there is a difference between serving the common good and striving to be revered by one’s allies . We must never confuse loyalty with slavery…”
While Jibrin attempted to explain his experiences in Kano local politics and how the personalization of state power affects the democratic experience in this important state, it also sends a strong message to political actors who have a penchant for personalizing state power. Ironically, the first name that comes to mind in relation to the personalization of state power in Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is the prime example of sponsorship in Nigerian politics.
Anyone who doubts Tinubu would have had dictatorial tendencies after overhearing his outbursts while addressing partisans in Ogun State on June 2, 2022. Speaking about Buhari’s emergence at that event, he said: “If I hadn’t led the war front, Buhari will not have emerged. He contested the first, second and third time but lost. He even said on TV that he would not compete again. But I went to him in Katsina, I told him that you will fight and win, but you will not joke with the affairs of the Yoruba. I haven’t been appointed minister since he showed up. I have not received or applied for a contract. This time it’s Yoruba’s turn and in Yorubaland it’s my turn.”
The above statement by Tinubu further demonstrates why many informed minds are concerned about his dictatorial tendencies. How can anyone who seriously wants to be president have the courage to publicly declare that they have an incumbent president, president; and that he must therefore be rewarded with the presidency? This statement is an affront, not only to the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but also to the sensibilities of the millions of Nigerians who voted for President Muhammadu Buhari in both 2015 and 2019. She clearly shows that Tinubu lacks the basic minimum would be considered for such an important position. This is a fact well known to Buhari and all key players in the power equation.
It doesn’t matter how one looks at it, the end result is this Tinubu , – the Emperor of Lagos – is a name that is difficult to market to Nigerians, especially in times like these. I realize that following Mr. President’s example, most APC governors and delegates have already decided to elect Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, a candidate who has broader appeal to a larger segment of our citizens. This is good for the APC and our national interest.
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