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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

The Emergence Of Tinubu

The Daily Crucible | Wednesday, June 8, 2022

By Iyke Nwambie 

The emergence of Tinubu as the APC flag bearer adds credence to this Nigerian street maxim: “Oga na master. “ It also adds impetus to this other maxim: “Man pass man.” And further amplifies the Yoruba people’s way of eulogizing an achiever as “okwunri meta” which literally means: three men in one.

Democracy in every clime is about the voice and choice of the people. It is about the right of a people to empower another person to positional leadership with their votes. This form of political expression was glaringly manifest at the just concluded APC convention in Abuja, Nigeria.

The eventual winner, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Jagaban Borgu himself, was roundly criticized by many young folks, described with untoward nuances by other aspirants, and his opponents could not fathom why any of his supporters could be rooting for him.

The party leadership had initially advanced different forms of consensus arrangements to prevent the 23 presidential aspirants from going for a full delegate elections. That decision agitated the political space of Nigeria both on the social media and on the grounds of the convention.

Some pundits had wondered why some people within the APC leadership who had enjoyed many forms of political largesse and camaraderie from Asiwaju in the past, would suddenly become able advocates of his political counter-measures. 

Here is the truth: the APC party leadership understood the political weight, strength, and capacity that Asiwaju carries. They know as much as anyone else that Asiwaju had made invaluable contributions to the political dynamics of the Nigerian nation.

Yet, the leadership of APC did not want Asiwaju to win. They were worried about his health status and capacity to win some needful Northern votes at the general election in February 2023. 

But the demands of democracy gave the party delegates the right of choice to decide who they really want. The delegates exercised that choice in voting for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu with an overwhelming 1,271 votes.

The good part in the emergence of Tinubu is this: neither President Buhari nor the National party chairman can lay any claim to helping him. That will position Tinubu to showcase his true vision for Nigeria. 

Part of the historic angle to the emergence of Asiwaju Tinubu is the fact that Tinubu easily floored the current Vice President and erstwhile political protege, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to the third position. 

It lends credence to the truism that politics is played with a different set of data twists. Some have questioned the audacity of the VP to challenge his political godfather in a race, while others have opined that a politician should be allowed to test his popularity with the people. 

Many have ascribed the victory of Asiwaju to the deluge of the proverbial ‘dollar rain’ in Nigerian politics. Observers within the Nigerian polity also noted that Asiwaju was not the only one that mesmerized the delegates with their dollar power. Some of the losers also did.

Consequently, what the delegates did after collecting the dollar is a true reflection of their political consciousness. 

It is also noteworthy to wonder why the delegates would not give any vote at all to Pastor Tunde Bakare who had a different perspective to solving the Nigerian challenge. He scored zero. Nada. I feel somewhat embarrassed at that outcome.

It is also interesting to note that Governor Dave Umahi scored 38 votes while his South Eastern counterparts Ogbonaya Onu and Rochas Okorocha scored a paltry one vote and zero vote respectively. Those outcomes confirm the notion that the South Eastern delegates roundly and soundly rejected their own.

The interesting thing about delegate voting is that the choice of those delegates is deemed to be the choice of the local government areas they represented. 

While some may most vehemently take exception to the idea of being on the same page with the delegates, statistical sampling techniques in research say otherwise. That is, the sample represents the population.

What do you think? 

Dr. Iyke Nwambie is a leadership expert based in Miami, Florida.

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