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Steady Rise of North Against Tinubu

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Nigeria News takes a look at the steady rise of the north against Tinubu’s dictatorial tendency.

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s role in the ninth assembly leadership tussle is being questioned by the northern bloc.

The Arewa youths in a statement described Tinubu’s role as undemocratic, adding that the former Lagos State Governor is steadily becoming a dictator.

The youths said that they would resist the plan of Tinubu to impose Senator Ahmed Lawan as the President of the Senate and Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The northern youths alleged Tinubu of plotting to impose his allies as NASS leadership in a bid to prepare himself for the 2023 presidential race.

But in a swift reaction by Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said that his thought was far from the insinuations being peddled by his detractors, some of whom he described as enemies of democracy.

In a statement by Tinubu’s media aide, Mr Tunde Rahman, the rumour peddlers should not be taken seriously because they cannot know the mind of Tinubu  more than himself.

The statement quoted Tinubu as saying, he had supported Lawan and Gbajabiamila because President Muhammadu Buhari had thrown his weight behind the two of them.

Tinubu reminded the rumour peddlers of the 8th Assembly in which the leadership padded the budget and nearly ran the country into a serious economic problem.

He said that the leadership of the APC had envisaged this and would not allow it to happen again.

Lawan is the current Senate leader, the position he attained after Senator Ali Ndume was suspended by the Senate over his comment that Senator Dino Melaye had no University Degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Ndume is in the race to the Senate presidency now and from all indications, he is engaging some northern groups to kick against Lawan.

Lawan and Gbajabiamila were named by the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole as the party favourites for the NASS leadership positions at a dinner with Buhari.

Before then, there was a caucus meeting in which Buhari named those he would like to work with. The president emphasised on working with those who have national interest at heart instead of personal ambition.

It was at that meeting that Lawan and Gbajabiamila were chosen and their names were announced later during a dinner at the presidential villa.

Even though these were the Tinubu’s favourite, the APC leadership had convinced Buhari to buy into this agenda if he must have a tight grip of the Senate and the House of Representatives in the incoming administration.

But to some northern elements, the NASS leadership goes beyond creating a smooth sail for Buhari but a future plan being put together now for the emergence of Tinubu’s presidency.

It is a battle the northern oligarchy has vowed to resist. Though the former Lagos Governor had denied it, he has a bigger picture of democracy and the form he wants it to take in 2023.

The noise over Tinubu’s 2023 ambition has refused to subside because his formula in 2015 has not changed.

Tinubu wanted Lawan and Gbajabiamila in 2015 but failed. He wants them again in 2019, perhaps he will succeed, the calculations will be more open in a few weeks.

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