The article reproduced here was written in 2015. It predicted the comeuppance of Bola Tinubu in the All Progressives Congress (APC). I have decided to re-submit it for publication because what was obvious to so many of us on the sidelines was oblivious to Bola Tinubu. We always knew it was a matter of time before he was used and dumped by his Northern coalition partners. But Tinubu was so blinded by ambition, he could not even see his nose in the mirror.
The chicken is coming home to roost now. Will his Excellency, the Jagaban of Borgu, “the Asiwaju of Yorubaland,” ever learn? Please read this again and have a good laugh in light of what is happening to Tinubu in the APC today.
Master of Illusion
Many monuments have been built in honour of the man, Bola Tinubu. He is acclaimed as the political genius of our times who not only engineered the taming of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) juggernaut, he caged it and confined it to the backwaters of Otuoke. Since the APC defeat of the PDP in the presidential election, Tinubu the tactician has been feted, celebrated, and praised to high heavens. But all these encomiums have proved to be highly exaggerated.
The truth of the matter is that Tinubu, the veritable Jagaban of Borgu, is a master of political illusion. He is remarkable for the distinction of characteristically pulling defeat out of the jaws of putative victory.
He midwifed the birth of the APC, only to be shut out of its vice presidential sweepstakes. He engineered APC victory at the centre, only to see his arch-enemies take over the posts of speaker and Senate president in the National Assembly. He piggy-backed Buhari to the presidency, only to be shut out of a say in the president’s cabinet nominees.
Tinubu is called the national leader of the APC when there is no such post in the party’s Constitution. When a critical meeting of APC bigwigs was called to address the party’s imbroglio in the National Assembly, the “National Leader” could not attend because he is not even a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.
Sowing and Reaping
In 2011, Tinubu was hailed for cutting his nose to spite his face. The PDP nominated his kinswoman, Mulikat Akande, as speaker of the National Assembly. However, Tinubu conspired with recalcitrant PDP party-members to frustrate the plans of their party for his South-West homestead. Instead, he engineered the election of Sokoto’s Aminu Tambuwal, an APC wolf in PDP sheep’s clothing, as speaker.
In 2015, Tinubu received payback for these shenanigans again to the detriment of his native South-West. The same Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto who he schemed into the position of speaker in 2011, repaid Tinubu by frustrating his efforts to install his Lagos acolyte, Femi Gbajabiamila, as speaker in 2015. Taking a leaf straight out of Tinubu’s 2011 playbook, Tambuwal conspired with opposition PDP members to install another Northern PDP turncoat, Yakubu Dogara, as speaker.
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