Nigeria News takes a look at the reconciliation assignment given to Bola Tinubu and other issues.
Former Lagos State Governor and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC needs not to prove that he is a king. His records have shown how quintessential he has been over the years.
Tinubu, unlike the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo is not a voracious reader. But he has shared some attributes with Awolowo that distinguishes him from the crops of politicians around now.
In fact, Tinubu’s logic is better than that of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his vision to choose a successor that will build on the foundation he has laid.
Since he quit as Lagos Governor in 2007, the state has continued to move forward, mostly in the area of infrastructural development.
Tinubu identifies leaders and gives support to enthrone them. He saw the quality in Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and ensured he succeeded him as the Lagos state governor against all odds.
He threw his weight behind the likes of Kayode Fayemi, Rauf Aregbesola, Rotimi Akeredolu and Abiola Ajimobi to make them realise their ambition as state governors.
These crops of new leaders have not disappointed, rather they have moved up the political ladders and since become forces to reckon with in the present administration.
The current Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo actually passed through the tutelage of Tinubu as Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice. That is, to say the least of how far Tinubu has gone in raising leaders.
But it sounds unbelievable that President Muhammadu turned down some of his nominees for ministerial and ambassadorial positions.
According to findings, Tinubu actually nominated his former Commissioner for Finance Mr Wale Edun to serve in Buhari’s government as Minister of Finance but was turned down.
Buhari prefers to work with Mrs Kemi Adeosun, a nominee of the Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun and the result is very visible now as the administration battles to solve the critical economic problems.
Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS is working and making more revenues for the current administration now just because Buhari accepted to work with another Tinubu’s boy, Mr Babatunde Fowler.
Fowler was the former Chairman of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service. He worked with both Tinubu and Fashola.
Tinubu, despite his muscle, has lost some battles but his doggedness has made him relevant in Nigeria politics over a long period. He would never want Fashola to contest for the second term in Lagos but succumbed to pressure and ate his humble pie to allow the wish of the Lagosians.
Tinubu did not support the candidacy of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu in his second shot at the gubernatorial position, however, he succumbed to the conspiracy of APC leadership.
He never supported the emergence of Bukola Saraki as the President of the Senate but could not stop the tricks played on him by the federal lawmakers.
Yet he has refused to quit despite conspiracy by those he raised from grass to grace. He was alienated by the government he bankrolled to power. He was shoved aside by the cabals in Buhari’s regime.
However, last week, the president designated him to lead the team that would reconcile the aggrieved members of the APC. How will Tinubu wield his sword? To cut those that betrayed him or to keep them in power for their good quality. Time will tell.