Predictions and speculations abound on the eve of the presidential primaries for the All Progressives Congress.
The majority of evaluations claimed that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who brazenly ran his campaign across the entire nation while repeatedly saying “It’s my turn,” had passed away politically.
On national networks, radio stations, and social media platforms, Tinubu’s gestures, remarks, and medical records were analyzed like students dissecting a body for a medical study. Some people criticized the former governor of Lagos for seeming unduly desperate, while others thought he was entitled to the president by birth.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s body language made things worse. President Buhari may have had something up his sleeve after the APC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, publicly named Senate President Ahmed Lawan as the party’s pick, causing yet another uproar.
Buhari had asked the APC Governors for their approval before Adamu made his declaration so that he may designate his successor.
He declared during a meeting that “we granted governors re-election tickets or the ability to pick their successors; enable me to pick my successor.”
Therefore, it was no accident that Adamu, a steadfast supporter of Buhari, endorsed a contender a few days later. Buhari may or may not have preferred Lawan.
However, their behavior suggested a plan to expose a man who had made significant sacrifices for the party.
Issues were further compounded by the perception that Tinubu’s home wasn’t in order as a result of Yemi Osinbajo, his godson and the vice president, revolting and running for the same job. It led to the idea that the APC National leader is hated by strangers and even reviled by those who are close to him.
But D-day marked the drama’s conclusion. The majority of the candidates resigned and publicly called for support for Asiwaju.
The fact that more than five political heavyweights submitted to one candidate on election day was unparalleled in Nigerian political history.
Never in Nigeria’s history of presidential elections!
It was clear that the cat with nine lives had triumphed once more before the sun rose.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Rotimi Amaechi, who received 235 and 316 votes, were defeated by Tinubu, who received 1,271 votes. The entire number of votes his opponents received did not even come close to the winning number, as if to make fun of the opposition.
Of course, Tinubu has had electoral success before. After working for a while as a financial management expert, Tinubu entered politics in 1992 and ran for the Lagos West senatorial seat as a member of the Social Democratic Party. He won.
The 1993 dissolution of the parliament by the military dictator Sani Abacha did not lessen Tinubu’s power.
As a member of the National Democratic Coalition movement, he started to advocate for the restoration of democracy and was thus driven into exile.
He didn’t go back to Nigeria until after Abacha’s demise in 1998, which signaled the beginning of the switch to democracy in 1999.
He ran for the top position in Lagos State in 1999 and won with a huge margin.
He twice did it. He raised eyebrows among numerous candidates for the position of governor of Lagos state for two terms.
He oversaw Lagos’ transformation into the thriving metropolis that other governors coveted.
Lagos was doing well in many respects notwithstanding the obstruction by the Obasanjo-led government that prevented it from receiving the monthly Federal budget. The colossal status of today’s Lagos was built by Tinubu and his intelligent staff.
It’s interesting to note that, fifteen years after leaving government, it is abundantly obvious that the leadership seeds Tinubu sowed across several zones have taken root.
The Action Congress of Nigeria, which subsequently combined to form the All Progressives Congress, was founded as a result of his enormous efforts.
His biggest investment, many say, is building people. He groomed a lot of the political figures around today who are now grown enough to hold structure. This makes it difficult to believe that Tinubu, who has never lost an election, will be trumped by any of the candidates.
It will be against the law of nature, considering the enormity of human and financial resources at his disposal.
Will Tinubu lose in 2023 despite never having lost an election?