Buhari/Tinubu’s Renewed Romance
Nigeria News takes a look at the renewed romance between President Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
There are some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC that detest the renewed cordiality between President Muhammadu Buhari and the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Some of them were at the Tinubu’s colloquium to mark his 66th birthday at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Thursday. As usual, these politicians pretended to love the gathering, which had in attendance President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara were not present. Also absent was the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
Their absence was not felt after all. Dogara sent his congratulatory message, describing Tinubu as a rare gem among many political elites. The Majority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila also described Tinubu as a leader, an unselfish one for that matter.
President Muhammadu Buhari eulogized Tinubu, calling him a logician and friend of the ordinary people.
Perhaps this is what has connected Tinubu and Buhari amiably; they both love the downtrodden, though with some capitalist traits.
Though the colloquium was to celebrate Tinubu, many did not know that it was organized by Osinbajo. The vice president does this annually as a platform to debate on economic, social and political issues. He tagged it Tinubu’s colloquium long before he became the vice president.
Osinbajo is one of Tinubu’s disciple that has refused to dump the idea of the former Lagos State Governor even when the likes of Mr Babatunde Fashola his successor, the former Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi had long thrown away the logic that brought them into power.
That was why it was tough for Buhari to jettison the invitation from Tinubu and his vice whom he had described as a loyal partner a few weeks ago.
I said sometimes ago that Tinubu would remain relevant in Buhari’s administration as long as Osinbajo remains the vice president. That has been happening recently.
It became clear that stronger hands were working behind the scene when Buhari came out last week to condemn the tenure elongation of the national and state officials of the APC, including the national chairman Odigie-Oyegun.
Buhari’s position shocked the officials as the decision by the party’s National Executive Committee fell like a pack of cards by a single presidential statement.
Odigie-Oyegun who had earlier scheduled a meeting with the APC caucus at the House of Reps failed to turn up. He cancelled the meeting at the late hour. It was obvious that the man is disturbed.
Why the sudden romance between Buhari and Tinubu? He would have asked. And the president would be attending Tinubu’s colloquium, Oddigie-Oyegun would have queried.
That is what makes Tinubu a logician, a sophisticated human being that has planted his allies in strategic positions to make himself a strong voice in the politics of today.
No doubt, Odigie-Oyegun has his sympathizers and among them are some of Tinubu’s former allies that had since backslidden. The APC Legal Adviser and former Tinubu’s aide, the ex-Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Muiz Banire, the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu who are now on the side of Oyegun.
They argued that Buhari had no right to challenge the limits of the legality of the tenure elongation for party officials. But before they could shut their mouths, Osinbajo replied, “You are SANs, I’m also SAN, when we get to the court, the judge will speak.”
At present, Tinubu’s logic has continued to dominate as he had earlier asked Odigie-Oyegun to quit his position but never succeeded. Either the APC officials like it or not now, there will be no tenure elongation and it appears that many of them may be swept away through the renewed love between Buhari and Tinubu.