Tinubu 2023: Awaiting Game Is Over


The race to 2023 has started. A big contender declared ambition for president yesterday.

The consensus of opinion is that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s aspiration to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in next year’s election is in the national interest.

As a matter of courtesy, he visited the Commander-in-Chief at Aso Villa, Abuja, to intimate him with his plan. Consultations with Nigerians continue. It is an exciting time because he is a household name.

Tinubu, Third Republic senator, former governor of Lagos and national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is progressive to the core.

To observers, the eminent politician is qualified to run the highest office. He is not clueless. He has beautiful ideas to propel progress. Tinubu, many believe, is prepared for the challenge.

Three reasons have been adduced to justify his fitness for the number one office.

Tinubu has paid his dues. He has laboured for Nigeria and toiled for the progressive bloc. As a federal legislator, pro-democracy crusader and National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), governor, and arrowhead of the opposition, and one of the founding fathers of the APC, he is a bridge-builder.

Tinubu has the experience, exposure and capacity to rule Nigeria. He is a financial surgeon and successful technocrat before his foray into politics. He was a model governor, who harvested many talents to fuel the fire of development in the Centre of Excellence. His legacies speak for him. Many Nigerians want him to replicate his achievements in Lagos at the centre.

Also, most importantly, Tinubu, apart from being an apostle of unity in diversity, is a lover of the masses; a believer in the welfare of the downtrodden. Like his Third Republic leader, the late Chief Moshood Abiola, the APC leader is dedicated to the slogan of the abolition of poverty. The masses, his constituency, are in the majority.

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When factors of political understanding, tolerance, accommodation, foresight and incisive wit are considered, Tinubu is a reference point.

Tinubu’s declaration of bid will shape public opinion and shift attention to next year’s succession battle. He stands before the mirror of history. What is discernible from the mirror? A record of patriotism, resilience, focus, dedication, consistency and belief in one united Nigeria capable of guaranteeing happiness to citizens, irrespective of ethnic, religious, political differences.

Although other contenders may now be motivated to declare intention, Tinubu is an aspirant with a difference.

Before his declaration, former Senate President Ayim Pius Ayim, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, had declared from the platform of his region. Likely aspirants, including PDP stalwarts Senate President Bukola Saraki, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal, his Bauchi counterpart, Senator Bala Mohammed, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, are expected to join the race.

Others being touted in the ruling party are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello, Transport Minister Rotimi Amechi, Works Minister Babatunde Fashola, Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola, Labour Minister Chris Ngige, and Senator Ibikunle Amosu.

There have been reports about the plan by former President Goodluck Jonathan to vie again. They cannot be substantiated.

After a successful career in Mobil, where he rose to the position of treasurer, Tinubu entered politics as a chieftain of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP). He scored the highest number of votes as Senator from Lagos West. The Third Republic was, however, short-lived.

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