Buhari Backs Giadom: Has Tinubu Lastly Been Tamed? By Fredrick Nwabufo

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Screeching on tv in February 2018, Remi Tinubu, spouse of Ahmed Tinubu, the Jagaban of Borgu, set free a bellow. She stated her husband was ‘’trashed’’ (her phrase) after the 2015 election. Her wailing: “I used to be harm (by) what they did to my husband after the marketing campaign …he didn’t say a factor. We had been working three campaigns in my home and for him to be trashed like that…’’

Actually, Tinubu has had it coming. The All Progressives Congress he co-founded has largely been weaned of his affect. Within the warmth of the tumult within the APC in 2018, he wrote a missive, excoriating John Oyegun, the nationwide chairman of the occasion on the time and his undisputed nemesis. 

He accused the previous nationwide chairman of scuttling the reconciliatory enterprise within the occasion. Within the scathing letter, dated February 21, 2018, the previous governor of Lagos state stated “disappointment greeted me once I found that you just had swiftly acted in contravention of the spirit of our discussions. As a substitute of being a bulwark of help as promised, you positioned your self in lively opposition to the objective of resuscitating the progressive and democratic nature of APC.” 


Tinubu had his approach. Oyegun was eliminated, and Adams Oshiomhole, Jagaban’s flunkey, entered. I believe it was handy logic for the ‘squadron of curiosity’ to assuage Tinubu in order to retain his loyalty by destoolling Oyegun on the time as a result of the second-term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari was a going enterprise. 

And with the second time period secured and the 2023 election within the offing, ‘the squadron of curiosity’ now squares in opposition to the curiosity of Tinubu whose presidential ambition is just not unobtrusive. The present management disaster within the APC is essentially a tussle over who holds the ace of the occasion in 2023.

Additionally, with Oshiomhole eliminated — tactically eviscerating Jagaban’s affect — curiosity teams have aligned and unaligned within the battle to safe the management of the APC forward of 2023. Whereas the Abiola Ajimobi-led nationwide working committee of the APC maintains the vestiges of Tinubu’s sway, Victor Giadom’s faction chaperoned by the trio of Rotimi Amaechi, Kayode Fayemi and Nasir el-Rufai, search the internment of the final imprints of the previous Lagos governor within the occasion. 

The plot now ossified as Buhari brazenly endorsed the faction of Giadom because the genuine management of the APC – successfully deracinating Tinubu and acolytes. The president’s help for Giadom, who declared himself nationwide chairman and who the ‘Ajimobi-NWC’ expelled from the occasion, put the seal to no matter is left of Tinubu’s ragged maintain within the occasion.

In protest, the ‘Ajimobi NWC’ accused the president of supporting illegality and threatened to boycott the nationwide government committee assembly of the occasion scheduled for Thursday. Of their phrases, the president’s motion is tantamount to “embracing illegalities and turning a blind eye to the infractions on the structure of the occasion”. Startling!

As a matter of reality, the chance of Buhari consigning Jagaban to an area of irrelevance when he’s re-elected like he did after the 2015 elections was excessive. Tinubu was an expendable baggage and a heavy ethical cargo on the anti-corruption conflict of the president. However he was wanted for the political capital he delivered to the desk. The whispers on the presidential villa have been that he’s unfit to stroll within the footsteps of Buhari. He’s thought-about extra as a mob boss wanted for the soiled division of electioneering than as a management candidate with dedication to preventing corruption.

On reflection, within the early days of the APC triumph, Tinubu carried on misplaced within the awe of his personal energy. I recall that I warned Jagaban deserved a little bit of cautioning. His empire had gained a lot vastness, vulgarity and glamour like Babylon that he now thought himself God. He virtually erected a tower “subbing” Babel, and now performed “Bruce Almighty”.

The inexorable actuality is that each empire has a date with a fall. And infrequently, like within the days of historical past instructed, empires crash after their potentates betray a deadly flaw – hubris. Why does the image of Xerxes, within the film “300”, come to my thoughts?

The fortunes of Tinubu within the APC have vaporised. The dragon has been tamed. However can he rise just like the phoenix from this? 

Fredrick Nwabufo is a author and journalist

Twitter: @FredrickNwabufo

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