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Musings on APC presidential significant, By Osmund Agbo

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President Muhammadu Buhari handing over the birthday celebration flag to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu after the presidential significant election on Wednesday
Finally, the grand anticipated nationwide convention of Nigeria’s ruling birthday celebration, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has advance and long previous. The birthday celebration’s candidate for the 2023 presidential election also has within the destroy emerged. Expectedly, the August meeting hosted on the Eagle sq. within the nation’s capital, did now not disappoint. It change into as soon as action packed and delivered handsomely on its promise of Machiavellian plots, melodrama, intrigues, and yes, a free-for-all brawl. We are able to debate about a of them on this fragment.


Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his males dominated the entire time from discuss in self assurance to attain. In the longer term, the Bullion King of Bourdillon and a storm-blasted frequent of many political wars polled 1,271 votes, representing about sixty per cent of the entire votes forged to thrash and fully humble thirteen other presidential hopefuls. The first runner up change into as soon as Rotimi Amaechi, the weak minister of transportation who trailed some distance on the motivate of with 316 votes. Nigeria’s Vice President and Tinubu’s protégé, Yemi Osinbajo managed to garner 235 votes to attain a some distance away third.


The occasion witnessed many of exhausting-nosed maneuvering and clutch-no-prisoners politicking, mostly subterranean however some restful managed to spill out within the open. First change into as soon as the stress-free shock from the APC northern governors who insisted that vitality can accept as true with to rotate to the south in 2023, a situation vehemently adverse by Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi Reveal. In madden, the governor change into as soon as talked about to accept as true with stormed out of the venue of their meeting with his entourage. In the longer term, the actual person scored a entire of 47 votes out of 63 delegates from his verbalize. This intended that now not even the entire delegates from his liked Kogi were intimidated sufficient, to the point of caring relating to the imaginable blowback of now not falling in line. 


The APC nationwide chairman, Abdullahi Adamu got here with a fetch plump of tips. By no manner the one to be outdone, he flew a kite about a phantom consensus candidate within the actual person of Ahmad Lawan, the Senate President. He followed it up with a false insist that Senator Lawan already has president Buhari’s blessing and backing. Few moments later, his announcement change into as soon as disputed by the birthday celebration’s Nationwide Working Committee and disowned by the President himself who in a gathering with the governors, insisted that he didn’t anoint any of the candidate as his popular. Many birthday celebration males, aggrieved by his effrontery, known as for Adamu’s head.


Leading up to the principle, there accept as true with been many of actions around the actual person of the famed senator from Yobe Reveal. From all indications, it seemed that he change into as soon as favoured by the Aso Rock cabals allegedly led by the President’s almighty cousin, Mamman Daura and Buhari’s deepest secretary, Sabiu ”Tunde” Yusuf. The 2 accept as true with by no manner been enthused by the candidature of Asiwaju Tinubu and as a matter of truth, are intimidated by his stature. They regarded for a malleable figure that would guarantee a preserve onto vitality, long after Buhari is long previous, even if by proxy. They regarded as if it may possibly per chance truly presumably well be exclusively contented with Lawan’s ”efficiency” within the crimson chamber and wished to preserve an very good increased and continued mutually vital relationship with him because the President of the federal republic.


It sounds as if these vitality brokers were very grand emboldened by the most modern success in bulldozing their manner thru and inserting in their stooge because the birthday celebration chair. We were reliably told, then again, that their first substitute change into as soon as Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, an conception that change into as soon as talked about to accept as true with been hatched alongside with the Yobe Sttate governor and weak caretaker chairman of APC, Mai Mala Buni. Governor Buni change into as soon as critically positioning to be Jonathan’s operating mate.


The prospect of recruiting the weak president change into as soon as very appealing to the cabals for some self-serving causes. The muse, then again, change into as soon as jettisoned when he began asking too many questions, the fashion that would bring collectively a grasp imagine that his servant has all of a unexpected grown wings to the extent that within the longer term, may possibly presumably well point to classy to keep in take a look at. The rug change into as soon as within the destroy pulled under their toes when Asiwaju Tinubu’s camp refused to comply with any consensus scheme the put he change into as soon as now not assured to change into the candidate. Ahmad Lawan change into as soon as a 2nd possibility however this time, they overplayed their hands. Plots occasionally materialise as perfectly as deliberate and oftentimes, they advance with a twist. 


As quickly as Senator Lawan change into as soon as thrown up, they wrote a special script and ordered the likes of Orji Uzo Kalu and few other of their minions to attain.

Orji Uzo, admire the ever obedient serf, swiftly dropped his accept as true with presidential affirm, mute the script and ran with it. He then got here motivate to the southeast, gathered his birthday celebration males, ninety-9 per cent of whom are political jobbers and not utilizing a sense of right and wrong and played the script for them. He change into as soon as mercurial to convince them how the cabals accept as true with anointed Lawan and why they may be able to accept as true with to be a half of the winning group. In spite of all the pieces, they didn’t need grand convincing since these are males that stand on zero conception and finest care about bank alerts. The truth that Tinubu appears to be like to accept as true with intentionally brushed off grand of the southeast all the plan in which thru his marketing and marketing campaign handed them the excuse they didn’t even need. 


Few shiny spots 

The insistence of Northern APC governors that the birthday celebration ticket can accept as true with to hobble to the south change into as soon as a gigantic reduction to so many. It change into as soon as a little bit flicker of hope that presumably, and real presumably, all hope is now not exclusively misplaced within the workability of this entity known as Nigeria. With all that Nigeria has witnessed within the previous seven years and a northerner being on the helm going to eight years, it’s exhausting to account for how anyone that needs Nigeria nicely may possibly presumably well be advocating for continued rule by any other northerner. History will perpetually take into account these governors as heroes who stood up for Nigeria towards unbelievable rigidity from vested interests working time previous regulation to dismember this country.


Prof. Osibajo’s handle change into as soon as comparatively inviting and he absolutely scored very high on elocution. The Vice President regarded the section of a particular person with a obvious imaginative and prescient of how one can salvage a rustic standing on the fringe of the precipice. He admonished the birthday celebration delegates to vote wisely and originate their section in rising a recent Nigeria of their dreams. “You may possibly presumably well now not wish the country nicely and vote for somebody you originate now not imagine in, ” he cautioned.


Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu’s speech change into as soon as laced with candor as he made the case of a Nigerian President of South-East extraction. He touched on the staunch material of a nation that continues to ignore the proper criticism of a full chunk of her inhabitants. It change into as soon as nicely bought, especially within the South-East even if the weak Abia Reveal Governor change into as soon as expected to accept as true with performed extra sooner than now, having been serving in Buhari’s administration for a whereas. 


The largest celebrity of the night change into as soon as for certain Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The man weathered thru a tsunami of opposition and betrayals to emerge because the birthday celebration’s flag bearer. Loyal few days ahead of the birthday celebration convention, he suffered about a self-inflicted wounds with an unguarded and politically suicidal rant about how he received President Buhari elected. He gave the cabal the chance they were anticipating and naturally, they seized and weaponized it. As fallout from that, many wrote Mr. Tinubu’s political obituary. 


If governing Nigeria were to be a drama efficiency with many actors jostling for a job, one would accept as true with been extremely stoked on the possibility of Bola Ahmed Tinubu snagging the manager protagonist self-discipline. Even his largest detractors would give it to the Jagaban of Borgu that he labored exhausting and has been auditioning for this section for a actually long time, grand bigger than any other Nigerian politician in most modern times. His reach is intensive, he commands a vast following all the plan in which thru the country and the actual person is reputed to accept as true with a bottomless pocket even if bought thru questionable manner. But that’s occasionally the point of the 2023 presidential election.


The truth remains that 2023 is now not about Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Muhammadu Buhari, APC, PDP or Labour Celebration. It’s relating to the hundreds of Nigerians slaughtered every day in chilly blood by a backyard selection of fright teams; the college students who’re trapped in a cycle of business actions; the tens of millions of out-of’college childhood; the 90 million Nigerians dwelling day to day in abject poverty. 2023 is relating to the continued existence of Nigeria as one nation. Sadly, the actual individual that Nigerians watched as he took the centre stage at Eagle Sq. few days ago, flipping thru his speech with timid fingers and needing to be steadied to lead obvious of tripping off the steps neither posses the bandwidth nor is he within the coolest verbalize of nicely being to handle the daunting existential challenges that Nigeria goes thru this day. That to me, is the most troubling section of challenge 2023.


•Dr. Agbo, a public affairs analyst is the coordinator of African Center for Transparency and Convener of Keep Nigeria Project. Electronic mail: [email protected]

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