Tinubu: A Blessing Or Curse?
Nigeria News takes a look at the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s kind of politics.
To many politicians, the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is a blessing in that he has been their benefactor.
Many politicians also see him as a thorn in their flesh in that he has stopped them from realising their personal ambitions.
In any case, Tinubu is a human being and has garnered more enemies to himself as a torchbearer in the present political dispensation.
Investigation reveals that those who are asking for his heads now have at one time benefited from his “godfatherism” strategy.
But they rose when the strategy could not favour them anymore. In his vision, Tinubu has built so many political networkers, many of whom are leaders in their own right.
Either good or bad, a personality like Tinubu is needed in southwest politics. That has been the idea of Yoruba politics, which has made the race more stylish and different from other ethnic nationalities.
However, some of the Tinubu’s networkers are coming up with their own ideas of how this democracy should run.
But a deep look into their plots also reveal some elements of “godfatherism” with which they have accused Tinubu of.
Millions of Lagosians are of the views that Tinubu singlehandedly stopped Governor Akinwunmi Ambode from the second term agenda but have quickly forgotten that some of the political elites never wanted this Ambode in 2015 at all.
It must be noted that four years ago, Tinubu disagreed with these networkers, including the former state Governor, Babatunde Fashola, former Legal Adviser to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Muiz Banire and host of others on their choice of a former State Attorney General, Supo Sasore as their governorship candidate.
Tinubu ensured the election of Ambode, despite the stiff opposition from Fashola and his cronies.
It must be noted also that these oppositions criticized this Ambode for the whole four years of his tenure and eventually worked out his removal from second term race.
The networkers actually sought Tinubu’s logic to actualise their plans of stopping Ambode. They are the dark faces in the crowd that are shooting the evil arrows.
They hate godfatherism but love the idea to climb the ladder of leadership. They launch the strategy to hunt down their antagonist, yet they criticise the godfather, Tinubu for not allow the ordinary people to choose their leaders.
So, I was shocked to learn that Banire was looking for a way to stop godfatherism in Lagos politics. He had asked the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai on how he stopped godfatherism in Kaduna, perhaps it would work in Lagos.
El-Rufai whom himself detests Tinubu’s political perceptiveness quickly postulated an idea, which any aspiring governor in Lagos must begin to work on now. To him, it is a four-year strategy, which involves serious leg work and funds of about N2 billion.
He said, “Since only 1 million electorate usually vote out of over 6 million registered voters in Lagos, an aspirant must begin to look for the remaining 5 million voters and catch up with them in the next four years.”
If 2 million out of the 5 million can be convinced to vote for you, the power of the godfather would have been captured in Lagos, El-Rufai said.