Will Tinubu be able to escape his opponents’ traps and accomplish his life’s goal? I don’t know the answer to this. I’ve read the opinions of the Jagaban of Borgu kingdom’s primary adherents as well. Their views only served to strengthen the case for acceptance and potential success if elected. Nobody was able to definitively predict if the renowned figurehead for progressive politics in the south-west zone will succeed in his goals.
I am not unfamiliar with Tinubu’s political strategy. Actually, as a candidate, he has never lost a poll. He was elected to the Senate during the brief Third Republic.
As the first governor of Lagos State following the restoration of civil rule, he won the governorship election in January 1999 by defeating aspirants like Funsho Williams and Wahab Dosunmu at the Alliance for Democracy (AD) guber primary.
Tinubu will break three curses if he wins the 2023 presidential election with good luck. He will be the first local politician from the south-west region to have defied all obstacles and successfully manipulated regional politics into the Aso-Rock. He would become Nigeria’s first non-Ogun native president and the first two-term governor of a south-western state.
Some political pundits have expressed skepticism on Bola Tinubu’s chances of winning the 2023 election. Will Tinubu be able to escape the pitfalls that claimed the political lives of his role models in politics? Because of the political upheaval, Obafemi Awolowo and Moshood Abiola Kasimawo (MKO) were both unable to fulfill their lifelong goals. None of the two ever briefly held the presidency of Nigeria.
Following his announcement that he would like to run for president in 2023, Tinubu experienced a protracted wave of severe criticism that never stopped. He was asked a number of scathing questions regarding his upbringing, education, and work. The opponents of his life’s work go beyond politicians who represent the interests of other parties, it becomes clear upon closer inspection.
There are certain political figures that once sat at the same table as him but declined to help Tinubu win the presidency. He engaged in political conflict with certain current players and they chose not to accompany him on his ascent to Aso-Rock.
Some of the strategic players who helped him win in the past are now silent. To prevent him from achieving his life goal, these close associates have banded together with rivals from other parties, including enemies he has amassed over the years as a result of his active involvement in politics. They all remained silent because they either had no confidence in his ability to lead Nigeria or they didn’t share his values.
However, Tinubu views the 2023 presidential election as more than just a race. He hopes to accomplish two goals at once. He breaks records and aspires to be president. Why is he using the same strategies that failed his seniors when playing his final political cards? He only wants to deliver a message.
What Obafemi Awolowo and Moshood Abiola Kasimawo (MKO) were unable to do can be done. He wanted to create a statue of the first political mystery who rose to the presidency through regional politics in addition to ruling Nigeria.
Aside from political disagreements, he has created animosity with Awolowo devotees who think no one should be more accomplished than him. If Tinubu wins the presidency, he will have outdone Awolowo in terms of political success.
Along with taking over the politics of the south-west and installing his friends one by one in south-west states, Tinubu accomplished more than only become the governor of Lagos. The presidency was never held by Obafemi Awolowo.
The emergence and declaration of the “lord” of Lagos politics would also offend some tribalistic elite who only want the next president to come from Ogun State, the same state that produced regional leader Obafemi Awolowo, president and head of state Olusegun Obasanjo, interim president Ernest Shonekan, and vice president Yemi Osinbajo, two-time vice president of the country. If Ogun State is not the lucky target and this important office is designated to the south-west, these elites favor any tribe.
Ogun native and 1979 presidential candidate Obafemi Awolowo selected Philip Umeadi as his running mate. They both identified as Christians and were natives of the nation’s South. Baba Gana Kingibe was selected by Ogun native and presidential candidate Moshood Olawale Kasimawo (MKO) as his running partner in the 1993 election. Each is a Muslim.
Given the terrible position the nation is in right now, Tinubu is starting a more harsh, difficult, and challenging political mission. To pursue his life goal, he is towing a highly precarious and sensitive framework. Both Tinubu and Shettima, his rival, are Muslims.
Will Tinubu be able to avoid political pitfalls, unlike his elders?
In addition to fighting opponents from other political parties, Tinubu would also purge his home of political parasites who support his politics of pockets. Additionally, he must free his tail from the traps set by the political snoops with whom he shares a tent. Before persuading Nigerians, he must fix his leaking roofs if he truly wants to win and set records.
A clearer look into the matter reveals that close associates who have shared good or bad moments with him in the past and now in conflict with his ambition release scathing tales about him while his opponents from other political groups amplify these tales.
Bola Tinubu, in all honesty, is a very contentious individual with a murky past. Bola Tinubu’s anecdote is a common one among Nigerian politicians. They don’t have impeccable or clear records. Nigerian politicians thrive on forged profiles, from certificate scandals to forgeries. Bola Tinubu does not stand out.
This is a significant challenge for him, in my opinion. It is crucial how he plans to change Nigerians’ perceptions of the publicly accessible records. It is also important how he plans to win in 2023 presidential election. Will he be able to scale through traps?