- Activities of the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, have been condemned by a Nigerian journalist
- Olalekan Adigun said Tinubu and his supporters perceive the former Lagos state governor as a political god
- According to Adigun, Tinubu's "so-called" empire will crumble and the 2023 general election would see to that
A veteran journalist, Olalekan Adigun, has condemned the activities of the supporters of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Adigun while speaking on Monday, April 18, showing desperation for power, the supporters of Tinubu has told anyone who cares to listen that the former Lagos state governor single-handedly installed the current administration.
Noting that there is no empire in the world that lasts forever, Adigun said Tinubu's supporters believe that he is politically invincible.
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"Tinubu’s empire, to them, is waxing stronger when it’s actually crumbling. Nobody is telling him just yet or truthful enough to him that the ground has shifted beneath him since 2015 when he thought to overstretch his so-called empire.
"In 2015, in trying to prove his political invincibility after the presidential election, he thought about gaining control of the leadership of the National Assembly."
Adigun further said that even while controlling the legislature, the national leader of the APC thought he would automatically take control of the ruling party but has been left devasted.
APC and Kogi state's 2015 governorship election
Addressing some of the activities that led to the build-up of the 2025 governorship election in Kogi state, Adigun said Tinubu had thought he would take control of the state.
"The emperor of a crumbling empire later took his sights on Kogi state. The APC had a bright chance of winning the Kogi gubernatorial election in 2015.
"Former Governor Abubakar Audu won the party’s ticket and Tinubu lobbied for one of his boys, James Faleke, a member of the House of Representatives representing Ikeja, Lagos to be Audu’s running mate."
He alleged that Tinubu knew about Audu’s failing health but thought with Faleke he would effectively get to control Kogi.
"As fate will have it, Audu died just before the elections were concluded with APC in clear lead. The debate as to who inherits his votes arose.
"It was up to the APC leadership to decide. Tinubu’s boy Faleke was everywhere insisting he should be the one to inherit Audu’s vote being the running mate."
"The law was clear on the matter that the votes should go to the runner up in the APC primary. This was how the party picked Yahya Bello, the current Governor of the state. Tinubu again left Kogi empty-handed."
Adigun also made references to other states where the APC national leader tried to foist his power but failed due to unforeseen circumstances.
2023: Tinubu, Amaechi at war over APC presidential ticket
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the national leader of the ruling APC and the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, are looking out for a way to secure the party's presidential ticket.
This is as both aspirants have taken major moves ahead of other aspirants to vie for the votes of the party's statutory delegates.
Meanwhile, both aspirants would be contending for the presidential ticket with vice president Yemi Osinbajo.
Please support southerner to emerge Nigeria president, Southern Youths Development Forum begs northerners
In another development, Legit.ng reports that the southern youths development forum, an umbrella of several youth groups in southern Nigeria had commended the southern governors and some political leaders in the north for supporting the power shift to the south.
In a statement issued in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, signed by all the representatives present at the press briefing, including Mr Princewill Tom, Engr Abiodun Ade, Mr Uche Ide among others, the group appreciated all the people working and supporting the southern project because it will unify Nigeria and give everyone sense of belonging.
Bassey James, the national president of the forum also appealed to the northern region to join hands in building a united country by ensuring that the southerner take a shot at the presidency come 2023.