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Ahead of 2023: Between Tinubu And El-Rufai

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ElevateNews takes a look at the chances of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Mallam Nasir El-Rufai in their scheming for 2023 presidential bid.

The 2023 presidential election is going to be a two-edged battle of personality and party politics. The All Progressives Congress will be more divided because there are members of the party that are not ready to concede the presidency to the southwest.

It appears that the former Lagos State Governor and the National leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is building bridges to achieve his ambition. He has quickly forgiven those who had betrayed him in the past and falling the walls that may stand against his chance.

On the other hands, the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai is interested in Nigeria’s number one seat. Investigations have revealed his moves in some parts of the north. He once showed up in Lagos to sell the idea of how “godfatherism” could be dismantled.

Most members of the public knew that El-Rufai was referring to Tinubu whom he believed could be his major obstacle in his bid for the presidential seat.

I do not see El-Rufai as a strong tender against Tinubu but the northern politics may not favour the former Lagos State governor if the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party fields a northerner. APC only enjoyed heavy votes in some parts of the north because of President Muhammadu Buhari whom by 2023 would be leaving.

Despite that Buhari won by a landslide margin in Kano State, the governorship election in the State could only be decided by runoff in which Abdullahi Ganduje won slightly. It shows that Kano is tired of APC but Buhari.

PDP has a better chance in 2023 without Buhari contesting and whosoever the party would present as its presidential candidate would need to fight the personality battle, not the platform he is coming from.

As I have said, Tinubu will do everything possible to keep APC strong while El-Rufai will do everything to crack APC so that he can have his way. Tinubu has always been a loyal party person but El-Rufai has the tendency to betray anybody that will not make him realise his ambition.

Of course, if Tinubu must emerge, he must pick a strong northerner. There was a time El-Rufai was been mentioned as a suitable vice with Tinubu but the Kaduna governor prefers to be the number one man to playing the second fiddle.

Plots by some northern cabals are ongoing to stop Tinubu’s agenda but something is telling me that the former Lagos governor must have seen the handwriting on the wall.

He is working more with the middle belt, which includes Kogi, Benue, Kwara, Niger and Plateau States. According to a source, Tinubu has agreed to the second term of Yahaya Bello in Kogi to prepare himself for the 2023 presidential election.

This is what El-Rufai lacks. His popularity does not extend beyond the north. If he must challenge Tinubu or any other candidate from any political party at all, E-Rufai must spread his wings beyond the north and Kaduna.

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