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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Bola Tinubu Never Imposed Any Candidate


The Daily Crucible | Thursday, June
2, 2022

By Akanni Balogun

Nigerians, especially those who like to feign ignorance, should be reminded that  immediately Gov. Bola Tinubu's tenure ended as Lagos State Governor in 2007, he informed the party of his preferred aspirant, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola but never stopped every other aspirants from contesting the primary election against him. At the time, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, Mr.Jimi Agbaje, Oyin Damole, Ganiyu Solomon, Raimo Owonikoko, Professor Kunle Lawal and many others contested the primary against Fashola. 

In 2015, Mr. Fashola having served 2 terms as Lagos State Governor, also had his preferred aspirant like every other Governor. He presented him to the party, while former Governor Tinubu also had his own aspirant. They both never stopped anyone or imposed any of their aspirant on the party. The 13 aspirants went for the party's primary election. Lanre Ope, Tokunbo Wahab, Adekunle Disu, Abayomi Sutton, Tokunbo Agbesanwa, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Tola Kasali, Supo Shasore, Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon (GOS), Lekan Pitan, Obafemi Hamzat all participated in the Primary election while Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode won.

2015, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode having won the general election, he began to treat his predecessor, former Gov. Babatunde Raji Fashola and his supporters badly. He canceled all projects initiated by BRF - this include the Red and Blue light rail. He canceled all the policies initiated by his predecessor including the Okada Ban. Among others, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) which was established by Law in 2007, Gov Ambode reversed it, changed the name and awarded a new contract of $135 million (N85 billion) to an unknown foreign firm (his cronnies). At this time, Mr. Babatunde Samuel Adejare was the Commissioner for Environment. 

While all of these was going on, the ACN party leaders met with former Governor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and asked him to caution his "boy" as he is already deviating from the set progressive agenda of the State. Mr. Governor (Ambode) was invited and advised to reconsider his decisions but he felt not concerned. Instead, his supporters sponsored different proganda against Tinubu claiming he was angry because Ambode wasn't giving him "returns" and many other lies.

In 2019, Cardinal James Odunmbaku (Baba Eto) led other members of the Governor's Advisory Council (GAC) to the party leader, Asiwaju Tinubu to present Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as their own aspirant. At this point, Tinubu had no choice but to allow the GAC choose as his 2015 aspirant had already went berserk.

In all of these, there has never been a time that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu imposed any aspirant on the party. He had always allowed everybody test their popularity and acceptance on the field while his (Asiwaju) goodwill, trust and confidence by the party members have always won for his own aspirant. This is why you see party leader openly declaring their support for their leader, Asiwaju.

Reno Omokri is ignorant of these facts. His social media perception of Lagos State and Lagos politics have misled him into taking a wrong position on Asiwaju Bola Hammed Tinubu.

Lastly, like Asiwaju, if Buhari have a preferred aspirant, let him name the person while he allows his (Buhari) goodwill, trust and investment in the party decide for him at the primary election.

Akanni Oladimeji Balogun(AOB) writes from Egbeda, Alimosho Local Government, Lagos State.

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