Between Tinubu and Buhari’s favoured successor


The market for 2023 politics has been declared opened by the son of Abibatu Mogaji, who is also the ceremonial national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The Asiwaju of Lagos State had visited the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to intimate him of his intention to vie for the number one position in the country. As a political strategist, Asiwaju understands the first law of power, which says ‘never outshine the master.’ The master in the APC is the incumbent president, who, through his last exclusive interview with Channels TV, revealed that he also understands the laws of power. It was Seun Okinbaloye, who asked Buhari, “You don’t have any favourite in your party (to succeed you) in 2023?” and the president responded: “No. I wouldn’t disclose (now). He may be eliminated if I mention. I better keep it secret.” Through this response, PMB displayed his understanding of the importance of concealed intentions as a powerful tool in ‘keeping off-balance and in the dark,’ so that those thinking they are close to the president will be shocked by the time he unleashes the purpose behind his actions and unveils his favoured successor. But how is PMB’s position critical in the unfolding declaration of interests for the 2023 presidency in the ruling party? Will the Jagaban of Borgu find favour as the favoured successor the president spoke about in the interview? With all the powers at his disposal, why would the president be afraid that his favoured successor may be eliminated if he dares to name him and what does this say about the nature of Nigerian politics?

While expression of interest in the 2023 presidential race is still at infancy, Tinubu has stressed that it is his lifelong ambition to become the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and he has the right, as a citizen of the country who meets the constitutional requirements for that office, to so aspire. From activism, formation of the National Democratic Coalition and foray into politics, the Jagaban of Borgu has been playing strategic politics towards realising his ambition, dating back to his ascendancy to the governorship seat of Lagos State. He has since then been enjoying political patronage from within and stretching his sphere of influence outside the state. In terms of political sagacity, I am aware that Tinubu was the only surviving Alliance for Democracy governor in the South-West, who did not fall victim to the antics of the Olusegun Obasanjo government that swept others; that defeat shifted the structure of power and influence to the surviving governor, Tinubu, as the chief financier of the party. Turning Lagos into an industrial training space for politicians, who would later be supported financially and morally to realise their own gubernatorial ambitions in Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo states, Asiwaju’s political clientelism is an investment which he hopes to leverage at the right time. As Lagos-groomed politicians became governors in other South-West states, Jagaban became the kingmaker and championed expansive politics-oriented to position him in history. After unsuccessful attempts at getting the centre through regional strength, Tinubu mainstreamed his politics to the national level, through which he will be able to, in the near future, build alliances that will ensure the realisation of his presidential ambition. He later aligned with his former political foe, the incumbent president, who also failed to clinch his lifelong dream of becoming a democratic president thrice. They formed a new mega-party that would unseat the Peoples Democratic Party.At the birth of APC, the compromise also had to be made as the vote from Northern Nigeria would be needed as a payback for the support given to their son from Daura, whose shoes will soon become vacant.

The Jagaban would have to solve the puzzle of PMB’s favoured successor, settle intra-party rivalries, which will soon ensue and, if successful, face inter-party battles and finally the Nigerian electorates. While lifelong ambition is good, how does the realisation of an individual’s desire benefit the country positively? This is because the alignment of Asiwaju with President Buhari gave us the messy situation that Nigeria has found herself in with all indices of human development going south.

For now, the body language and mannerism of the president determines a lot of things in our polity and that is why aspirants are going to Aso Rock to tell him that they are interested in wearing his shoes when he leaves in 2023. Robert Greene’s 48 Laws of Power comes in handy at this time. Greene counsels us never to outshine the master but ‘to make the masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.’ Why should someone called the national leader of a party go to the president first? It is the understanding of the fact that Tinubu must ‘make the president feel comfortably superior’ and this is why the husband of Oluremi has been able to master the art of Nigerian politics. But the president has given no clue who the favoured successor will be and this is a blank cheque to all aspirants, waiting for whose name the president will write on it.

I have a feeling of an impending shocker, something I got from the response of the president to the preferred successor question. Our history is replete with unresolved ‘political assassination’ or, if you like, ‘elimination.’ Elimination is a law of power too. Crushing one’s enemy totally is reproduced in pentecostal churches’ ‘die by fire’ prayers in which there is no time to take the risk of allowing repentance of the enemy. In political parlance too, wiping out an enemy may be a strategy to neutralise a threat to your ambition and force a redirection to your side. Will the favoured successor of the president be Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu or another person? Then, will the president’s favoured successor be favoured by the Nigerian electorates going by their nose-diving fortunes under this government? Only time will provide the right answers.(Punch)

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