… His Emergence Makes PDP Rescue Ambition And Preference For A Weak Vice Presidential Candidate From The South-South Counter Productive
Without mincing words, Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu deserves all the accolades and Congratulations from all quarters for emerging the APC Presidential candidate in a primary election that saw him winning in landslide.
It is a known fact that I am not in the category of sycophants who go about congratulating politicians for capturing power to continue to impoverish the people. However, the case under review is evidently a different one. It’s a widely acclaimed victory and a welcome development for our country and democracy based on issues on ground which need to be addressed squarely by those with the will power, courage and sagacity to survive the murderous power wrestling ring and emerge to still make a difference. So, I make bold to congratulate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for this well deserved victory, while also commending the All Progressives Congress for the dramatic twist that turned things right with the imminent emergence of the best candidate who possesses the credentials to threaten the political existence of Atiku Abubakar and any other in his class.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu remains a unifier, a courageous leader, a change agent and an institution capable of unifying Nigeria and rewriting her economic story.
The PDP should be weary of a man like Tinubu in the 2023 Presidential contest; it should be ready to face him as their worst nightmare in 2023. The beginning of the downfall of PDP is routing for a very weak Vice Presidential candidate from the South-South Geopolitical Zone. Unfortunately, the candidate in their mind only has influence in Delta State and such weak influence ends in Delta.
This move will be the greatest undoing of PDP and Atiku if they eventually made this grave error. A man who blatantly sold out and betrayed the agreement reached by his people for his selfish interest cannot be trusted with such exalted office as that of the Vice President.
For PDP to even manage to square up against Tinubu in the forthcoming general elections, it should be ready to pick a running mate to Atiku, who has a national spread and equally must be a courageous politician; not ‘bole and moi-moi or starch and ewedu’ kind of VP. And definitely not the one who doesn’t respect godfathers or seen to be disloyal to the supremacy of party structures.
A Vice Presidential candidate to Atiku Abubakar should be able to hold the South-South Geopolitical Zone for him for instance, has spread in other Zones for the likelihood of getting votes from there too. Only a man like Governor Nyesom Wike can fit into this personality and not a clannish, greedy and sellout character that is being touted for the position. If Atiku and PDP decide to choose this Vice Presidential candidate to fly the flag of the party, it can make or mar their desired victory at the polls, thereby spelling doom on the political essence and agenda of the PDP going forward.
My congratulatory message to Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu is borne out of patriotism, love and genuine interest in the affairs of our dear nation, otherwise, his boy, Senator Gbenga Ashafa demolished my mansion in Abuja. I have on good record that Ashafa’s actions were politically motivated, but I will not hold that against a man like Tinubu whom I hold in high esteem.
I am already engaging those involved in demolishing my house in legal battle, and I want to assure them that they will meet me at the crossroads of history. I have written to the International Human Rights Commission as a sitting board member myself, the UK Home Office, including other human rights defenders in the international community. It’s a battle we must prosecute to a logical conclusion; however, that is a story for another day.
In a nutshell, I join all well meaning Nigerians and fans of Tinubu all over the world to congratulate him once again for achieving the political feat of clinching the APC’s Presidential ticket in the most intimidating manner. I must confess that he is one consistent politician whose pedigree and expertise have continued to resonate boldness and confidence that most prominent political players cannot fathom. As Governor, he built Lagos State into an enviable structure that has continued to stand the test of time. While his contemporaries of that era had all fizzled out or reduced to mere passive players on the scene of politics, he has continued to be relevant and has remained a super political lord. This is because Tinubu made people, built unbreakable teams of political actors across the federation and has continued to maintain a stronghold on his personal economy, built and nurtured on the parameters of creativity, strength and consistency.
I respect him and will keep respecting him. He has changed the political and economic narratives of this country; and we need a man of that calibre to pilot the affairs of this country going forward.
Comrade Prince Joseph Kpokpogri,
Chairman, Anti Corruption and Integrity Forum,
Chairman, PKR Multi Services Nigeria Limited,
Publisher, Integrity Watchdog Magazine,
Board Member, Int’l Human Rights Commission.