By Valentine Amanze (+2348054103455)
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, is not new in Nigerian politics. In fact, he is acknowleged as one of those, who fought for democracy in Nigeria. On the platform of NADECO, Tinubu, Frank Kokori, George Eke and many others confronted the military leadership in Nigeria headlong to enthrone the civilian government.
He has served Nigeria as senator and a two-tenure governor of Lagos State.
He has paid his dues in Nigeria politics by mentoring the likes of Lagos State former governor and Works Minister, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, and many others.
The Jagaban is never tired in the pursuit of his ambition. He wants to conquer Nigeria the way he did in the South West Nigeria.
But with his pedigree, it is obvious that age is nolong on his side to steer the ship of the nation in a turbulent weather; coupled with high insecurity and poor economy.
However, there are questions yearning for answers about his real age. Or is Nigeria going for another Octogenerian president after the nation’s experience with the President Muhammadu Buhari issues, which are still affecting Nigerians?
Age is important in modern leadership. While England, Germany, New Zealand, France have youthful, energetic, vibrant and dynamic leaders, who are piloting their affairs, Tinubu must think twice.
His ambition is genuine. He is a Nigerian, who has the right to aspire to rule the country.
Just like Buhari, Tinubu will be ready to explain his certificates, which opponents are waiting to make reference to.
Besides, those packaging the Jagaban have a lot to convince Nigerians on his source of wealth after leaving office as the Lagos State governor.
The issue of bullion vans is still green, while his boast of being richer than Osun State has not been refuted.
The hurdles are many for the Lagos State former governor, who has been campaigning in the Northern Nigeria since his return from a medical trip abroad.
His recent visit to President Muhammed Buhari at the Aso Rock is said to be the last before the red flag tag.
The rumoured ambition of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to succeed Buhari is a minus for Tinubu’s quest to become president. Both are Yoruba from the South West; as such, votes will be divided. Again, the ambition and influence of the Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who is also the chairman of Governors Forum, will not be ruled out in the battle of titans at the forthcoming APC National Convention.
Fayemi is said to be admired and loved by all the six South West governors, who will play a vital role during the APC National Convention. The APC governors in the South West are said to be unhappy with Tinubu’s overriding influence that denies Lagos governors second term in office.
Besides, Tinubu has not thought about a handshake across the Niger. He is yet to realize that South East have not produced president and are yearning for one.
Sources said that APC leaders in the South East and South South were not happy with Tinubu’s campaign strategy. Some said that Tinubu has ignored their voting power believing that “every political power comes from the North.”
“Remember that Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi; Imo State former governor, Rochas Okorocha, and many others from South East and South South are interested in the office; and must not be ignored,” the source said.
While Tinubu has not unveiled his economic agenda, he must be ready to communicate to Nigerians why he is better qualified to rule Nigeria than other competitors, who have no skeleton in their cupboard. Party members are waiting at the National Convention.