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By Okanga Agila

Self-styled national leader of the ruling APC, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu is in the political wilderness. For a politician of his status, whose passion for power is unsurpassed and believes in the kingmaker syndrome, but of a dubious dimension, President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to support his faulty permutations has been a sore in the throat. Buhari’s integrity to always see things straight has unknowingly ambushed his political ambitions and his is quite sad.


Many times, when Nigerians argue that politicians’ lust for power is for themselves at the expense of the ordinary masses, some skeptics vehemently deny the assertions. But the proofs are becoming clearer by the day.

Nigeria condescended to the abyss of a messy political decay, where all laws, rules or creeds governing the sanctity in party affairs or the polity were brazenly floated. At the turn of every political dispensation, the country would produce a mesh of wailers wailing for their ill-treatment, snatched party nomination tickets and a dangerously skewed democratic system, where some leaders assumed the status of demigods and other party members, pawns on their chessboard or slaves.

These desire to change this inherently defective posturing was the crest of “Change” upon which the APC anchored its campaigns in 2015 and eventually ousted the now opposition PDP. Tinubu’s constant refrains were loud chants of “change” and the broom waved symbolically to suggest the sweeping of the stains in the system, which he proudly emphasized, it was for the good of the country.

But Sen. Tinubu and some of his cohorts have gleefully forgotten all about “change” and the betterment of Nigeria. He has forgotten his pledge of commitment to make Nigeria great again. With PMB as captain of the ship, it is now about who gets what federal job patronage and not about who is competent to serve Nigeria. It is anger about what any APC political kingpin has not gotten enough in patronage; instead of strengthening the weak institutions of government to deliver good governance.

In his inured conviction, Tinubu thought having played a significant role in the enthronement of PMB in 2015; the President would sign off a chunk of Nigeria to dash him in appreciation. But PMB is a different kind of person or politician and the least to downplay public interest to please political godfathers. Tinubu is sufficiently angered with this reality and nothing seems to please him more than to contemplate a new platform, nurture it and begin another round of flirting on the innocent souls of Nigerians with all sorts of deceits.

There have been weeks of speculations about Tinubu’s intention to dump the APC to float a new party preparatory to confronting his political foes in 2019. Tinubu speaks less on this issue, but acts more. And an English idiom says, action speaks louder than words. He has given up hope that PMB would ever bow to his whims and caprices, by his refusal to sack APC national chairman, Chief John Oyegun or just like he declined directing the replacement of Ondo state 2016 APC governorship flagbearer, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, with Tinubu’s candidate floored at the primary polls.

Therefore, when Nigeria’s former Vice President Atiku Abubakar barks in the uplands of the North about the wrongdoings of the Buhari presidency, he has sighted a disgruntled Tinubu and in him, “his soul must be well pleased” in 2019 for his dream of ruling Nigeria as President. He believes, when Tinubu coughs or thunders, the skies are pulled down and every Nigerian bows to his alluring political charm.

Now, Buhari’s series of reconciliatory meetings with Tinubu for amicable resolution of the crisis have proved abortive and Tinubu cannot ever be settled insofar as PMB is unwilling to be manipulated or do his bidding. So, Tinubu has decided to make a bold statement.

Tinubu shunned the party’s mega governorship campaign rally, in Akure, Ondo state. But no one expected him to grace it. How could he attend the campaign of an enemy, who snatched the ticket from his anointed candidate? While PMB personally attended the rally, with all APC governors, except that of Lagos state, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode; his Osun counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola and Ogun’s Abiola Ajimobi who also stayed away, obviously in allegiance to Tinubu for assisting them mount the throne in their various states.

In any case, even without their presence, the Akure rally was a resounding success. The interpretation of the failure of some of the APC governors to attend the rally in their geo-political zone based on the suspected prompting of Tinubu is their acceptance of being the apron strings of the APC national leader. It is this primitive loyalty Tinubu expects from Buhari. The APC leader thinks when he barks to PMB, his words should remain sacrosanct. Failure of the governors of nearby states to grace the presence of the President in their vicinity is indication of the disregard for the office of the President.

What the conduct has conclusively argued is that for the Tinubus and his clique what matters in the Nigerian project is how their stomachs are filled. That they are dissatisfied each time patronage extended to them is not enough. It is reason not to see anything good in the Buhari presidency or his other committed lieutenants’ and so, he must be unseated in 2019. Tinubu’s intemperate political ambitions and wealth accumulation flair has been ambushed so that Nigerians would come out better for it.

His kind of mentality is old logic to Nigerians. No amount of intrigues from Tinubu can blind Nigerians and re-baptise him with another name or the garments of a selfless politician. He is just a man after his “stomach,” after an incurable and deadly lust for power.

Whether Tinubu or his political friend of convenience, Atiku Abubakar discredits PMB, Nigerians whom he is serving faithfully are the witnesses and shall pass the verdict at the appropriate time. But what is certain is that Nigeria, at least under Buhari would not revert back to the doomed era of sharing the country’s commonwealth to a few greedy political elite. Nigeria’s NNPC will no longer be anybody’s ATM card to unfettered access to illicit cash; no cronies of the President, his friends and even the President himself would administer CBN from Aso Villa with secret codes to its US Dollar or other world currencies vaults to siphon Nigeria’s money.

Nigerians are excited that no long list of dead woods or unproductive persons are heading or make up membership of federal government boards or parastaltals, on the altar of party patronage. The country would no longer have political Military Generals, who spend more time at the Presidential Villa for cocktail parties’ while criminals’ challenge and take over swathes of Nigeria’s territories. Now, time tested, flat bellied and devoted military Generals who can command the Army, Air Force, Navy to achieve results are in charge. The Inspector General of Police (IGP) is berthing #ChangeBeginsWithMe in the Nigerian Police.

Ultimately, PMB pledged that he believes in any Nigerian who has the capacity to serve the country dedicatedly and truthfully, irrespective of party affiliation or religion. It is this dogmatic adherence to party patronage in appointments’ in the past that has destroyed or weakened public institutions of governance in Nigeria. And PMB is the least to succumb to blackmail in order to allow the mess in the polity flourish.

Okanga writes from Agila, Benue State.

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  1. Any Nigerian old enough to remember how Tinubu lied,distorts facts and manipulations after being caught out with his lies about his claimed Chicago Academic Qualifications,would know Tinubu is not a Nationalist with the interest of Nigeria at heart but promoting self interest and wealth acquisition at all costs irrespective of the masses

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  2. Mr. Tinubu be prepared to face Nigerians that have graduated from the sharing formula to disappointing fake politicians.
    If Asiwaju brings old method he will meet a brick wall. The people are wiser now than before. You can fool some people for sometime but you can not fool all the people all the time. If care is not taken PMB will show Bola Amhed Tinubu the soldier in him. And he will end his political carrier in shame.

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  3. Mr Tinubu please don't leave APC oooo. If you leave you will regret it. Never ever form a new party because it's going to fail. Buhari is the man now. Sai Buhari you are the best.

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  4. .... but when Baba was dinning and winning with devils what was he thinking? God is exposing all those who are really behind the political, economic and social decay in Nigeria.
    All the same all those found wanting in that regard must be made to face the law irrespective of their political clout or posturing.
    It is sad that Tinubu has systematically enslaved most south west states save for Ekiti and Ondo which was snatched from his selfish wicked and sadistic pangs by intelligent smart and charistimatic persons that sow the sad handwriting of Tinubu on the wall.
    In any case it is sad that APC has brought untold hardship, suffering, hunger, pain and hopelessness in this country.
    Is this the change? Or are we to expect another change?
    Sai Baba!
    Change dole!
    Sai Tinubu!
    Nigeria jagajaga! APC scatter scatter! Poorman de suffer suffer! Government clueless clueless!....

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  5. See him face like ojuju calabar Sabi hippo. Agbaya! How many caps you go wear? AD,ACN,APC .... Because of selfish naked lust for power. It is a shame!
    I trust Baba! He will cut you to size and put you where you rightly belong. Sadist!
    Sai Baba!

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  6. Buhari and the Yoruba Nation
    By Sunday Aniyi

    Buhari has only appointed 5 Special Advisers so far: They are:
    1. Femi Adesina, Media and Publicity
    2. Femi Ojudu, Political Affairs
    3. Dr Oyeyemi Dipeolu, Economic Affairs
    4. Mrs Mariam Nwais, Social Investments,
    5. Mr Tijani Abdulahi , National Planning.
    That's, Yoruba 3, Fulani 1 and Hausa 1.
    Similarly, these are the Senior Special Assistants to the President appointed so far :
    1. Garba Shehu, Media/publicity
    2. Okoi Obla, Prosecution
    3. Ita Enang, NASS
    4. Suleiman Kawu Sumaila, NASS
    5.Abike Dabiri, Diaspora
    6. Orelope Adefulure, MDG

    Out of five SAs which are equivalent to Ministers, Yoruba has 3, Hausa 1 and Fulani 1.

    Of the six SSAs, Yoruba has 2, Efik 1, Annang 1, Hausa 1and Fulani.

    All Yoruba Ministers but one, are senior ministers. All of them are manning important ministries: Works, Housing and Power, Solid Minerals, Finance, Communication, Health, State for Niger Delta and of course, Information and Culture. In fact, it is right to say Yoruba's are manning 10 ministries if we recall that Works, Power, Housing, Information and Culture used to be separate ministries.

    Don't also forget that almost all the people personally working with Prof Osinbajo are all Yoruba's, eg Ade Ipaye, Laolu Akande, late Ayodele Adu, etc.
    The only serving General in the country today is a Yoruba from Ekiti.

    Yet, a dangerous narrative is being wickedly sold to the public that a cabal has sidelined the south west as a result of which Buhari is being shut with darts of nepotism and an ingrate who abandoned those who helped him to power.

    The facts on ground do not support these unfounded lies. And I insist that because a person could not get his minions as governors of other states should not be equated or reduced to an attack on Yoruba people or the Yoruba being shut out of relevance. Things must not be mixed up. If a man, out of unhealthy desire for control gets his fingers burnt in his enterprise, he should not use Samson complex to make us a collateral damage. One man's interest can't be our collective interest.

    My conclusion is that if the magical cabal could not stop us from virtually occupying the most important positions in this government, it is arrant nonsense to continue to hold on to a faulty premise of a cabal having highjacked power, or working against the Yoruba people.

    If this government fails, it is we who have failed. It is obvious Buhari is operating a division of labour: the President mans security and foreign affairs while the VP mans the Economy and Social Investments.
    Unfortunately, it is in the latter division that the government is perceived to be below average. We therefore, can't afford to mess Osinbajo up. We can't get him to Aso Rock only to ridicule him or dispose him off like a can.
    Those on a voyage on creating a one-man political dynasty and empire should not be allowed to deprive us of this glorious era in our history. We must give every support necessary to make sure this government succeeds.

    SAA.

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  7. In as much as I am against the inordinate ambition of Chief Bola Asiwaju and his cronies. PMB should also know that the ladder you used in climbing up a tall tree will be useful when climbing down. PMB should not build walls around himself instead of building bridges. He should know how he was brought in by those he has shunned and disgraced publicly because of power. I will never be a fan of PMB, Asiwaju, or APC but I am just trying to be realistic. PMB should know that he is a father to the nation and bring all the members of his party to round table discussion because CPC in APC cannot return him to presidency in 2019.

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  8. Good talk for once in Nigeria's history. If there's anything president Mohammad Buhari owe this country, it just the miracle God used him and the Iate Idiagbo to perform as using aII means available to get this country out from slavery and dictatorship. If onLy you will make effort to send out aII that have tested power from independence to present day , get into the system, New faces of intellectuals that have the Iive of country at heart and moreover those who care to protect integrity on good Leadership. Remember the memory of your miIitary Leadership still Iinger. Irrespective of state, we remain indivisible as one Nigeria. Nigeria need an urgent overhaul. God bIrds.

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