- Ahead of the 2023 general election, the polity is hot and the race to Aso Rock is getting tougher by the day
- A political analyst revealed that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu really knows how to play the political game of Nigeria, hence he stands a higher chance of becoming the next president
- Following his track record from being a governor to running the major political party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress, Tinubu is said to sweep other aspirants off their feet come 2023
The race for the 2023 general elections has taken many twists and turns, especially in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), where over 20 aspirants have indicated an interest in the presidential primary of the party.
However, despite the number of those jostling to fly the flag of the APC in 2023, political analysts and pundits are agreed that a former governor of Lagos state and the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu would defeat others at the primary and win the general election.
The New Telegraph reports that they traced the whole issue to the roles Tinubu has been playing in the nation’s national politics since 2011 when his support for former President Goodluck Jonathan gave him victory at the polls.
The same scenario, they said, played out in 2014, when his party, the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) merged with the then Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), the All Nigeria’s People’s Party (ANPP)and others to form the APC under which President Muhammadu Buhari was able to defeat Jonathan at the polls.The same scenario, they said, played out in 2014, when his party, the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) merged with the then Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), the All Nigeria’s People’s Party (ANPP)and others to form the APC under which President Muhammadu Buhari was able to defeat Jonathan at the polls.
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The contenders; Lawan and Osinbajo with Bola Tinubu
According to an analyst who pleaded anonymity, the likes of Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and the President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmed Lawan cannot defeat Tinubu at the primaries of the party if the winner would emerge through delegates.
According to him, the latest move by the supporters of Osinbajo are just a way of bringing him into the limelight as his popularity has been dwindling since many people started indicating interest to contest the presidency under the APC.
“Some people are saying that Osinbajo would have the support of the North East, North West and North Central since Buhari would point to him as his candidate. This is not true as all and evidences show the contrary.
“Also, Osinbajo was managing the Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government, but it was taken away from him and given to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs because he was not doing it well.
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“The Vice President is the Chairman of the National Economic Council, why was an Advisory Committee created for the council, it is because he was not doing it well."
On Lawan, the analyst said that it is far from the truth that he is the candidate of the presidency, and that he picked the nomination form based on a caucus arrangement by the senate, which he said wanted to use the opportunity to further fight the state governors.
The PDP's zoning discussed by the analysts
On the assumption that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would produce a northern candidate and that a northerner like Lawan was needed to fight him, he said that no northern candidate could defeat Atiku in 2023 elections going by what happened in 2019 if the PDP gives him the ticket.
“Even with what happened in 2019, Buhari could only manage to defeat Atiku with about two million votes.
“Don’t forget that Lawan was supported by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu before he could emerge the Senate President in 2019. Lawan has never been battle tested, he was always been a senator from Yobe State, a notable one party state."
Analysts revealed the most competent aspirant
He pointed out that the most competent and the most efficient person to win the delegate election of the APC and the 2023 presidential election is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The analysts added:
“All those frenzy you see are just meant to stop him, but with delegate election, it is game over, Tinubu will win."
2023: Tinubu talks tough, says he won’t retire until he becomes president of Nigeria
Meanwhile, Tinubu had said he would not retire from politics until he becomes the president of Nigeria.
Tinubu stated this while canvassing for the party’s delegates' votes in Makurdi, Benue state capital, on Tuesday, May 17.
“So, we are of age and if you want us to retire soon but I’m won’t retire until I become president of Nigeria."
Tinubu's associate reveals another party APC chieftain plans to join, gives condition
In another news, an associate of Tinubu had said the APC presidential hopeful had concluded plans to dump the ruling party if the primaries schemed against him.
The associate who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the development was the reason former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, stated recently that Tinubu had plan B if APC primaries are manipulated against him.
Although he noted that APC remains the primary platform Tinubu intends to actualize his presidential ambition; other options including the Social Democratic Party (SDP) would be explored if the primaries come short of transparency and credibility.