2023 Presidency: End of The Road to Tinubu Ambition as Buhari's APC Finally Dismantled His Structure
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu was no doubt a strong factor in the amalgamation that brought about the government of APC in Nigeria in 2015. Against all odds, he moved the southwest to join with the north and ousted the incumbent President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and installed General Muhammadu Buhari as the President of Nigeria in 2015. A feat that was rated as one of a kind, a rare phenomenon! Having formed the political bond with the northern power brokers effective from 2013, his political structure seems to be a drop in the ocean, and he remains the indisputable leader of the party, the APC. For already installing the incumbent President in 2015, however, 2019 presidential election wasn't a much bigger deal for him as the road back to Aso Rock for President Muhammadu Buhari was almost always certain. It was a repeated feat! View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu had hoped that he would succeed Muhammadu Buhari. Of course, even though he has not come out yet to declare his presidential ambition officially, but his body language have suggested that he is very interested in the Aso Rock top job comes 2023. His powers seems to lie both on the Nation Working Committee, NWC of the party for easy access to APC presidential ticket and on Buhari's followers whom he believes would be transferrable. Little did he know that the heart of man is unfathomable, yes, unpredictable. And it comes so sudden! And it comes so fast! And the ripples of his progressive political wave seems to hit the bank so sooner as the APC have chosen to deal him a great blow. His structure has been dismantled by his child of circumstance, the APC, and his ambition fades on just like a dying wave. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Oshiomhole Suspension as The National Chairman of The Party.
No doubt, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was a strong loyalist to Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu. His presidential ambition could have been perfected if Comrade Adams Oshiomhole remains the substantive chairman of the party. Even when the strong northern forces and some southern counterparts within the APC collaborated to get rid of Adams Oshiomhole as the party Chairman, it was Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu that served him.
Firstly, he was suspended by his ward 10 chapter of the party in Etsako Local Government of Edo state. Then his suspension ratified at the Local Government level and upheld at the state chapter. Then there came a petition by one Oluwale Afolabi that he is ineligible to remain as party national chairman upon his suspension at the ward level. On March 4, 2020 Justice Danlami Senchi of the Federal High Court in Abuja FCT ruled in favour of the appellant. Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was suspended. Adams Oshiomhole who was a defendant at the High Court now became an appellant at the Appeal Court level. He was granted a stay of execution pending the hearing and the determination of the suit before the court. Three months had passed, and the Appeal Court in Abuja upheld the decision of the trial court and ruled that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole remained suspended as earlier decided. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Such development no doubt, threw Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu off balance. He felt like being hung in a vacuum. His political future bled profusely. But he has just one more option - the beeping lifeline. For Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu it has to be Senator Abiola Ajimobi or no other person - the comatose Ajimobi who has been stormed tossed by the deadly virus, the Covi19 drafted for the 2023 Aso Rock game plan.
The Appointment of Senator Abiola Ajimobi as The APC Acting National Chairman:
The hanging hope of the Jagaban received one and the only lifeline. Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the former Governor of Oyo state was drafted by the Adams Oshiomhole controlled NWC to become the APC Acting National Chairman. Not minding the fact that Ajimobi is in coma over covid19 virus complications. The NWC of the APC claimed it was in line with the party constitution to appoint Senator Abiola Ajimobi having been the APC National Deputy Chairman, South. Certainly, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is in union with the APC NWC. And the APC NWC is in union with Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. In turn Tinubu is in union with Senator Abiola Ajimobi, and their unionism manifest in the APC leadership sagacity. But as claimed by the APC NWC, would the APC constitution supplants the law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria? By no means! It came like a tsunami upon the sandy hill, that Chief Victor Giadom, who was the APC Deputy National Secretary and who is not in Tinubu's cabal had gone to the Court. And on the 16th day of March, 2020, the court has ruled that he would step in as the Acting National Chairman of the APC in the event that the suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole holds. This development came coincidentally on the day the Appeal Court in Abuja granted a stay of execution for Adams Oshiomhole, thus, his supposedly Acting Chairmanship position lied fallow. Upon affirmation of his suspension by the Court of Appeal on 16 June, 2020, Victor Giadom resurrected his mandate, but was wrestled by the APC NWC. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. In the absence of Senator Abiola Ajimobi to man the affairs of the party as Acting National Chairman, the APC NWC further appointed, Hilliard Etta the National Vice Chairman of APC south south to stand in for Senator Abiola Ajimobi. They further claimed it was in line with the provision of the constitution of the party. But Chief Victor Giadom remained adamant, unperturbed and unyielding having have a valid court order and the backing of some APC governors and the factional NWC of the party. The faction of the APC NWC led by Hilliard Etta went and conducted the primary election in Edo state. This itself is a story for another day.
Chief Victor Giadom Declared Himself APC Acting National Chairman After The Appeal Court Affirmed The Suspension of Oshiomhole.
Chief Victor Giadom insisted that he remains the authentic Acting National Chairman of the APC following the suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. He made this claims with a valid court order which mandated him to become APC Acting National Chairman in the event that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is suspended from the party. But the Hilliard Etta led faction of the APC NWC denounced Giadom and relied on their power to choose an Acting National Chairman of the party. This bold claim no doubt rattled the APC NWC who engineered his suspension from the party by his ward chapter in Rivers State. The 18 members of the APC NWC loyal to both Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu declared his position vacant and sworn in Worgu Boms as his replacement. But upon this Chief Victor Giadom is unshakable having got the supports of the Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi and from about seven APC governors. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Having been carefully advised, according to Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, President Muhammadu Buhari has chosen to side with Victor Giadom faction. This is indeed the end of the road to the presidential ambition of Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Chief Victor Giadom was never his man, and will not do the otherwise anytime soon. When he announced the NEC meeting of the party to be taken place on Thursday, 25th June. 2020, the Hilliard Etta led faction of the APC NWC, through their Acting National Secretary, Waziri Bulama said the purported NEC meeting convern by Victor Giadom lacked constitutional backing. But according to President Muhammadu Buhari, Victor Giadom has won in the "eyes of the law." The President has indicated interest in attending the APC NEC meeting organized by Giadom. He went as far as attending the APC NEC meeting on Thursday as scheduled. The key National Assembly Members, the governors of the APC, and some people said to be loyal to Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu were in attendance. Chief Victor Giadom had won! Tinubu structure has finally been brought down. His presidential ambition on the platform of the APC is doomed. In fact he is finished! View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Buhari's Decision on The Pro-Tinubu APC NWC and The Powerful Forces Against His Presidential Ambition in 2023.
At the National Executive Committee meeting of the party held on Thursday, 25 June, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari has dissolved the APC NWC. He has called for the constitution of the interim NWC of the party who will man the affairs of the party until a new APC NWC is constituted. He solicited for the withdrawal of all pending litigations involving the party and for the ratification of the Edo state primary election. What else for the Jagaban? Nothing for you, Tinubu. Everything has been taken away from you, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
At the APC NEC meeting, the traumatized Tinubu was no were near the venue. But the some governors of the APC party, some of the principal National Assembly members and other party chieftains were in attendance. Life goes no without Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Everyone in the other side feels so fine. Good to go. What a chase after the wind!
In his famous open letter to Tinubu, Femi Fani Kayode, a front line activist and former Minister of Aviation, quoted from a statement made by Jagaban himself. "Even the obstacles on my way, I predict them before those that will bring them will start to think about them. I plan for betrayal, I plan for backstabbing, I also plan for reunion and forgiveness long before they happen.I expect nothing, I expect anything, I expect everything"- Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. This quote resonates like an empty boast. Ironically, it is very clear that Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu cannot predict his obstacles. His predictions on betrayal and backstabbing if any, is faulty, misleading and home made. On the contrary, Tinubu expects something, but he is not ready for anything. His claims to being proactive, liberal and defensive cannot be defined over the sudden spurning episode. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
How did Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu handle this when it was obvious that the powerful forces inside APC are against him? Premium Time reported that seven governors of the party and Rotimi Amechi, the Transport Minister are a strong force against Tinubu's presidential ambition. The governors on this line include: Ekiti state governor, Fayemi Kayode; Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai; Pateux state governor, Solomon Lalong. Others are Atiku Bagudu, Kebbi; Badaru Abubarka, Jigawa; Abubarka Bello, Niger and Mai Mala Buni, Yobe, respectively.
According to his aboved famous quote, how did Tinubu plan for this seemingly insurmountable obstacle? Didn't he see it coming? Of course, he might have been aware of the grand plots, but it is quite obvious that he lacked the machinery to deploy against his foes. If it were to be Lagos state, he would have dealt with the situation. But Nigeria is far above Lagos politics. And he has only shown that he is a local champion and his popularity growing dimmer day after day. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Now that the President, General Muhammadu Buhari is wining and dining with the powerful forces who are against his presidential ambition inside the APC, this is the final blow to Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He is done! He is finished! He has tasted a crushing defeat! The ripples of his political fortune is settled to doom! There is nothing on sight to show that the newly constituted APC NWC to be formed during the National Convention as proposed, will have any of his candidates, not to talk of driving his agenda. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Finally, it all started with the suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as party Chairman. Then it followed through with a disgraceful sideline and boycott of Senator Abiola Ajimobi led faction of the APC NWC anchored by Hilliard Etta. And it progressed to the upholding and the endorsement of the arch antidote of pro-Tinubu group led by Chief Victor Giadom. And it reached the peak with the total and final dismantling and dissolution of the Pro-Tinubu APC NWC by the furious NEC of the party. And climaxed the subsequent appointment of governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni, one of the key anti Tinubu group, as the Acting National Chairman of the party at the NEC meeting. This is the main man who will ensure that he drive a strong wedge against Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu presidential ambition. And it came so heavily like a tsunami against his political fortune! And it hit so forcefully and strongly like a turbulent wave of the ocean. What an unceremoniously way of retiring the Jagaban from politics! View pictures in App save up to 80% data.