Why Tinubu’ll Still Be Relevant In Buhari’s Govt
One of the prominent figures at the wedding ceremony between Idris the son of Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi and Fatimo the daughter of Kano State Governor, Abdulahi Umar Ganduje is the former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
In fact, he sat as the father of the groom in a wedding witnessed by the crème de la crème in the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Just a week ago, a part of his wings was cut when the National Executive Committee, NEC of APC extended the tenure of the national and state officials of the party despite his call to sack the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odgie-Oyegun.
Tinubu will remain relevant as long as Professor Yemi Osinbajo remains the Vice President of Nigeria. Osinbajo, though will not compromise his integrity, he will not also disrespect Tinubu in any way.
The vice president has shown unequal loyalty to Tinubu over the years, even when others who came to politics through the former Lagos State Governor had since betrayed him.
Such figures as the former Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatund Fashola, his counterpart for Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi’s loyalty to Tinubu has been tested several times and found to be shaking.
These two are brilliant human beings like Osinbajo but when it comes to wisdom and spirituality, candour and intellect they are far behind the vice president.
Though they had been governors, Osinbajo is the vice president for now.
Osinbajo’s loyalty to Tinubu is intact. It may dwindle later but for now, he is Tinubu’s face inside Aso Rock.
And for the Ogun State Governor who sees himself as a possible replacement for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his strength will fail after he seizes to be governor.
Amosun’s election for the second term showed that he lacked strength. It was Tinubu who saved him. Though financially but with a lot of logic.
One may need to ask, how many governors of Tinubu’s class can still wield their swords today. None.
Though Tinubu looks like the elephant’s folktale now, the BAT can fly with some of his allies to crack APC if he cannot bear the smoke anymore.
Buhari knows this and he is managing the situation just to totally win the loyalty of Tinubu for 2019 polls, nothing more.
If Buhari secures the second term today, it is over for Tinubu. He will not only be thrashed. He will be disposed of.
But to get that second term, Buhari must love those he does not feel love for. Most especially Tinubu.
All the present politicking in Abuja and the manoeuvring of such personalities like Amosun, Fashola, Fayemi cannot bankroll election that is going to be a money-spinning in 2019.
PDP will be praying seriously now for APC to push out Tinubu so that they can tap his logic on where monies should go towards 2019.
Tinubu is so sophisticated that his haters seek him for advice and now that Saraki and Dogara are showing colour, Buhari must manage Tinubu and Oyegun’s crisis with wisdom.
However, having weighed all available options, the best bet for Tinubu is to remain in APC. In the battle of life, you win some, you lose some.
He has been winning all along and now that things appear not to be in his favour, he must accept it and learn therefrom for future use. Judging from his political sagacity, I am sure he is not resting on his oars.
We know how volatile Nigeria politics is. Something can happen before 2019 that will change the whole permutation. Let’s just wait and watch.