Northern leaders, Tinubu fight dirty over 2019 ambition

Northern leaders, Tinubu fight dirty over 2019 ambition

By Lubem Gena

Gradually, some northern political elements in the country are feeling disenchanted by the way and manner the country is been managed under the present administration which they hitherto reposed confidence in and may have reached out to key stakeholders ahead of 2019 polls.

Checks have shown that many of them are claiming that instead of President Muhammadu Buhari to embark on policies that would improve the lot of the people, he has embarked on the vain mission of lamentation.

Against this backdrop, media reports have it that, a large chunk of the northern region’s politicians are making attempts to usher on the scene a plan B that would enable them retain the political leadership of the country. They are however disenchanted over reports that veteran politician, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu may seek to hijack the seat in 2019 with his influence.

This is permeated by the fact that, in case Buhari is no longer ‘sellable’ in the 2019 election or decides to step aside, a vibrant northern candidate will be presented to take over from him. Many northern power brokers have started reaching out to notable politicians to checkmate moves by  former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and other influential leaders to get the seat.

Already, there are speculations that, former Kano governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, ex-leader Atiku Abubakar, Senate President Bukola Saraki, ex-gov Sule Lamido among several others are eyeing the presidential seat.

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Another game changer is the rift existing among the ranks and files of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) where it is no longer news that, its national leader, Tinubu and some men in the Buhari government are presently divided along loyalty lines.

Pundits knowledgeable about the developments in the party have said repeatedly that the former Lagos State governor is also putting together a team, preparatory for the race and has developed an elaborative strategic plan to make a bold bid for the coveted office.

Tinubu himself amplified this in Akure recently when he told reporters during the inauguration of the new governor of Ondo State, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), that he could run for the office in 2019.

“There is nothing wrong with such ambition. It depends on the timing, the environment and what the political leadership dictates. I will not brush aside such an aspiration.”

However today in the news, the former state governor denied he was eyeing the presidential seat saying that he was fully in support of President Buhari.


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