Can Tinubu Scale The Northern Hurdles?
ElevateNews takes a look at the chances of Bola Tinubu ahead 2023 presidential election with the northern oligarchy.
I doubt if President Muhammadu Buhari will be happy that former Governor of Lagos State and the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu should succeed him.
The marriage between the two leaders looks fragile in that they do not belong to the same school of politics. However, I can say that both of them are winning and losing some battles in this marriage, perhaps to realise their personal goals.
Tinubu is flamboyant. He invests in politics and can go to the extent of carrying money in bullion vans to actualize his political plan, unlike Buhari who will never do such a thing. Yet, both are working together as leaders of the ruling party. They fool us all.
Buhari must have compromised his ideals and this is reflecting in the way the APC cum Federal Government are going with election processes. The government releases money to the APC States whenever there is an election.
This is Tinubu’s ideas if you have ever followed his strategy of winning an election. Tinubu invests heavily to create new leaders. He has not contested for any election after his eight-year tenure as the Lagos State Governor but has funded the election of many politicians across the country.
In spite, he has great number of adversaries who do not toe his ways of politics. Tinubu is the only famous politician of his generation that has refused to jump from one party to another. While many of his peers jumped to the Peoples Democratic Party some years back, he created a new party, the Action Congress of Nigeria and until 2015 when he struck an alliance with the CPC to become APC, Tinubu had remained a lone ranger and the last man standing in the struggle for a true federalism.
However, his idea of true federalism has since been consumed by Buhari’s military blood. Perhaps to exhibit his natural democratic values, Tinubu may be seeking to rule Nigeria in 2023. For now, there are so many things he would have loved to change but he cannot because he is not the captain of the ship.
The question to ask now is whether the former governor can scale the hurdles of the northern oligarchy? Can Tinubu break the jinx, which the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and late Chief MKO, winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election could not break?
Will the APC present Tinubu as its presidential flagbearer in 2023 and if it does, will the northerners vote for him if the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar emerges as the PDP candidate?
Tinubu may have integrated into the northern part of the country. He may have made so many friends across the country because of his political sagacity but the issue of religion and ethnic prejudice will definitely come up ahead of the 2023 poll.
I pray for Tinubu just as the Publisher of the Ovation Magazine, Chief Dele Momodu had prayed for him and wish him well just as the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal had wished him.