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Tinubu’s Presidential Echoes Ahead of 2023

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Nigeria News takes a look at the chance of Bola Tinubu ahead of the 2023 presidency.

As King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal music echoed in the air with his Fuji lyrics and the organizers ushered in the guests, a silent noise came from the crowd, “The next Nigeria President in 2023”.

I paused the video so as to be sure of what I heard. It was at the 67th birthday brunch for the former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The occasion was graced by State governors, ministers, ambassadors of foreign nations. Hundreds of Tinubu’s admirers stood still as he shook their hands in a warm embrace.

The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was 67 a few weeks ago. Before this gathering, a colloquium, hosted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had happened in Abuja to honour Tinubu. An annual event where political and socioeconomic issues are debated by scholars.

I paid more attention to the video until a simple inscription scrolled out of the film, “Incoming President in 2023.” That is the way of politicians, campaign for another election starts immediately after the victory or defeat in the previous one.

What many people thought was a rumour is gradually turning to reality. Tinubu is eyeing President Muhammadu Buhari’s seat but not until after this second term.

This dogged fighter had waited and endured over time. He has shown absolute loyalty to Buhari and soaked up all the abuses and attacks by those who hate him. Many of Tinubu’s adversaries love to be like him but they would never be ready to trek his roads. They are also interested in his role.

The only disadvantage Tinubu will be having in 2023 is his age. He will be over 70 with little stamina to run the office of the president.

This was visible at the colloquium. Tinubu’s strength is fading. Of course, there is still the logic and intellectual grit to engage the people, Tinubu’s energy requirement for the office of the presidency will determine the quality of leadership he can provide.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was elected in 1999 at the age of 63. The former soldier was still strong and that showed in the level of work he did.

Unlike the former President Umoru Yar’Adua whom the pressure of office weighed down his health to death. This same office nearly finished the current President Muhammadu Buhari who was on medical holiday for more than 100 days.

The North is aware that the southwest is gearing up for 2023, even when Buhari has not been inaugurated for his second term.

There are some talk shows going on Radio Kaduna to demonize Tinubu, perhaps because the governor of that State, Mallam Nasir Rufai is also interested in the presidential race.

However, there are also suggestions that if the north will ever concede to the southwest, it would prefer another person to Tinubu.

Who the cap fit? Will the North prefer a Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who had also shown absolute loyalty to Buhari or a former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola whose works have helped this current administration greatly?

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