There is no doubt that the ruling party, All Progressives Congress have been enmeshed in an internal crisis that led to the removal of the National Party Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole by the ruling of the Court of Appeal. President Muhammadu Buhari in a bid to stem the dangerous trend the party was heading, in agreement with the outcome of the National Executive Council NEC meeting held at the seat of power, Aso Rock, Abuja, dissolved the National Working Committee NWC.
Many saw this action as a stumbling block to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Presidential ambition in 2023, this perception however, prompted him to debunk the claim. The former Lagos Governor, in a statement he personally signed on Saturday on the APC crisis, said: “President Buhari has done what any parent in his position and with his authority would do.”
In his reaction, Mr Tinubu commended the NWC for securing President Muhammadu Buhari a second term victory in last year’s presidential election. He also hailed the president for dissolving the committee early enough before the internal crisis ruined the party.
The former Lagos Governor also weighed in on rumours of a 2023 presidential ambition he harbours. He wrote;
“To those who have been actively bleating how the President’s actions and the NEC meeting have ended my purported 2023 ambitions, I seek your pity. I am but a mere mortal who does not enjoy the length of foresight or political wisdom you profess to have. Already, you have assigned colourful epitaphs to the 2023 death of an alleged political ambition that is not yet even born.”
“At this extenuating moment with COVID-19 and its economic fallout hounding us, I cannot see as far into the distance as you. I have made no decision regarding 2023 for the concerns of this hour are momentous enough.”
“During this period, I have not busied myself with politicking regarding 2023. I find that a bit distasteful and somewhat uncaring particularly when so many of our people have been unbalanced by the twin public health and economic crises we face. I have devoted these last few months to thinking of policies that may help the nation in the here and now. What I may or may not do 3 years hence seems too remote given present exigencies.”
“Those who seek to cast themselves as political Nostradamus’ are free to so engage their energies. I trust the discerning public will give the views of such eager seers the scant weight such divinations warrant.”
“Personally, I find greater merit trying to help in the present by offering policy ideas, both privately and publicly, where I think they might help. I will continue in this same mode for the immediate future. 2023 will answer its own questions in due time.”
A public commentator, David Adenekan has reacted to Tinubu’s response with this rejoinder:
To start with, the response of Tinubu can be termed rhetoric and playing to the gallery.
Frankly speaking, the exigency of time has made the democratic values and cultures concocted in his article in the midst of the internal political crisis that has engulfed the ruling party, APC highly irrelevant.
Suffice to say that the die is cast and the many warring factions in this contraption consisting of strange bedfellows in the ruling party (APC) are not likely to sheath their swords. The party is currently on a sand of illegality and nothing promising can be built on illegality.
As a political scientist, it is very unlikely that this purported hands of olive branch extended by the blame master himself (Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu) can save the party from implosion and its eventual demise in the nearest future.
With the obvious reality of the looming crisis, Tinubu that firmly controls one of the richest cities in Sub Saharan Africa, Lagos is playing the ostrich game. He’s been sarcastic and being truthful by half to refer to himself as a “mere mortal” that cannot see beyond many of his political adversaries.
This is a man that has in place, a well oiled political structure to actualise his clandestine inordinate ambition. How he thinks many will believe the rhetoric of a self styled “National leader” that has no official recognition in the party’s constitution baffles my imagination.
Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu can be likened to a metaphoric characteristic of a stubborn he – goat who is desperately driven by inordinate ambition, and not mindful of the obvious reality that the rat race is over.
Why is he behaving like a gullible unrepentant he – goat about to be slaughtered by the butcher man, not sensing his political permutations to play God will hit the rock.
Both Tinubu and Adam Oshimhole are “twin iron fist” that makes impracticable every democratic norm and value in All Progressive Congress (APC). Are we not beginning to see the backlash effects of the iron fist in trying to arrogate too much power to himself?
Is this not the irony of a blame master, blaming himself for the misfortune of his own doing?
What a paradox, and the beginning of the end!!
Time will tell.