Heavy Cracks In Tinubu’s Political Empire over 2023 Presidency

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Cracks In Tinubu’s Political Empire

As the countdown to the 2023 general election begins, big fractures appear in the political walls of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, one of the leading presidential candidates.

Tinubu, who served as governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007, had expertly oiled his political machinery to the point where, by the time a coalition was formed in 2013 to oust the then-ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, from power, Tinubu had undoubtedly become the arrowhead of the syndicate that led the war that, for the first time in Nigeria, defeated an incumbent President.

 

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His cohesive south west political enclave, according to political experts, was largely responsible for his current position as national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. That doesn’t seem to be the situation now.

The first is ’s declaration of interest in the 2023 presidential election, which is a product of Tinubu’s political dynasty.

The declaration has sparked a schism among Tinubu’s supporters on the ground.

Second, in Osun State’s 2022 governorship election, Rauf Aregbesola, a staunch Tinubu supporter, has drawn a battle line with his political boss.

To demonstrate this, Aregbesola slammed those he had previously trusted in politics, accusing them of betrayal, on Monday.

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From 2010 to 2018, the previous governor of Osun State announced that the politics of godfatherism and enthronement by treacherous leaders who likened themselves to the rank of a deity were no longer acceptable.

The 64-year-old minister claimed that he trusted APC National Leader , but that the ex-governor of Lagos State betrayed him.

Aregbesola accused Tinubu, as well as Bisi Akande, a former APC interim chairman and ex-governor of Osun State, of imposing the current governor, Gboyega , on the people against their will.

Aregbesola, who leads an APC group in the state and has been feuding with his successor, Oyetola, has accused the incumbent governor of failing to build on his eight-year accomplishments.

As a result, Aregbesola urged party members in Osun to vote for Moshood Adeoti, a former Secretary to the State Government, in Saturday’s governorship primary.

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He further stated that, similar to how Akinwunmi Ambode, the former governor of Lagos State, was rejected by APC members in 2019 for breaking the rules, Oyetola will be removed from office after only one term.

The minister, who claimed that the current administration in the state had abandoned true democracy and the ideals that the party and its heroes stand for, also accused those in power of abandoning true democracy and the principles that the party and its heroes stood for.

The former governor addressed members of the APC in the state’s Ijebu Jesa district ahead of Saturday’s governorship primary poll.

The incumbent governor, Oyetola; former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuff Lasun; and former Secretary to the State Government, Adeoti; who recently returned to the ruling APC from the Action Democratic Party in June 2020, are among the candidates warming up for the party primary.

Aregbesola and Tinubu had been political allies for a decade. The former was the Director of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organisation, which was responsible for Bola Tinubu’s electoral success in 1999 and his re-election in 2003. While Tinubu was governor of Lagos, Aregbesola served as Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure.

Many careful observers have been watching the worsening relationship between Tinubu and Aregbesola with bated breath.

When Tinubu was hospitalized for over three months for knee surgery and when over 100 prominent politicians converted the APC leader’s London home into a Mecca of sorts in 2021, the minister was nowhere to be there.

Furthermore, Aregbesola has not been seen linking himself with Tinubu’s presidential bid in 2023.

Aregbesola has been at odds with Oyetola for a long time over what he sees as weak leadership and what appears to be a battle for control of the APC’s organs in Osun State.

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