Why Tinubu Remains A Force In Nigeria’s Politics
Nigeria News take a look at a politician, Asiwaju Tinubu as a factor in the political calculation of successive governments in Nigeria.
He has stepped on toes, gathered more enemies, yet he has quite an ample number of followers and admirers. He is not a penny-pinching like many other politicians and has used his lavish style to attract brilliant fellows to himself.
That is the former Lagos State Governor and the National Leader of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He has remained the most consistent investor into politics since the country returned to civil rule in 1999.
Before then, Tinubu had funded the National Democratic Coalition after the annulment of June 12, 1993. He was a Lagos Senator under the defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP and following the prescription of the party, Tinubu joined hands with the likes of Pa Abraham Adesanya, Chief Bola Ige, both of blessed memory to form NADECO.
In 1999, having emerged as the candidate of the Alliance Democracy for the Lagos State gubernatorial race, Tinubu won the election and eventually became the state governor.
Since then, he has remained the only governor among 35 others in the political calculation of Nigerian government till date.
He invested heavily in politics, manoeuvring, creating and recreating political parties to provide a strong platform for himself.
From AD to Action Congress to Action Congress of Nigeria and now the All Progressives Congress, all in a way to fortify his political base. Many of those who started with him faded away along the line as Tinubu strived to make himself relevant.
He made new leaders and ensured that they occupied high seats in state and federal levels. He spread his tentacles and became so sophisticated that successive powers find it difficult to rubbish him.
Though some of his moves were seen to be undemocratic, it is clear today that Tinubu has produced better and more leaders despite the lapses in his method of politics. He is tagged as being dogmatic but the recent occurrence in APC has shown that Tinubu is not only flexible, he has become a point of reverence and a constant in the equation of any government.
Yes, one could remember in 2011 that it took the intervention of Tinubu for former President Goodluck Jonathan to win the southwest election except in Osun State.
The former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu was the candidate of the ACN against Goodluck Jonathan of PDP. Tinubu was lobbied by Jonathan on the eve of the election and the game changed.
Tinubu was accused to have taken a bribe to sell Ribadu but he came out to tell the public that he never received a dime from Jonathan.
Jonathan won the election but was quick to forget the man who helped him to succeed. Towards 2015 election, Tinubu’s ACN merged with Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Party in an alliance that produced APC.
The party removed Jonathan’s PDP from power and this singular performance redefined Tinubu as a logician of all time. He was commended for the feat.
But the internal politics of APC, which of course looked like a gang up against Tinubu made him rescinded from many of the party’s activities.
It was clear that things were not going well with the leadership of the party, yet it continually pretended to be at peace.
The party leaders from the southwest zone met in Ibadan, Oyo State and Abeokuta Ogun State to pacify the aggrieved members but no tangible resolution came up.
Tinubu kept to himself until last week when he resurfaced at the seat of power in Abuja during the launch of a book by the media aides of President Muhammadu Buhari.
There he was hailed again when he said that the administration of Goodluck Jonathan won a gold medal in corruption.
He renewed the confidence he has in Buhari’s administration as 2018 draws closer for another campaign. If not for Buhari why not for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who was once Tinubu’s aide and has been a loyal admirer of his former boss.