‘Age-long’ ambition for Nigeria’s presidency: Tinubu declares!

Mr Tinubu is considered a kingmaker especially in Nigeria’s south-west where he is highly influential

Not many politicians in Nigeria can announce their determination to run for the president at the country’s presidential villa Aso Rock, nevertheless that is what Bola Tinubu did on Monday – a testimony to his position as the leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party.

His “age-long” resolution has been an open secret considering that he played a central role in removing People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from power seven years ago, and working to obtain President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory twice at the general elections.

regarded as a master strategist and kingmaker, he is highly prominent in the south-west where he is from, and was connected in the fight to end military rule in Nigeria before 1999.

With President Buhari about to step down at the end of his two terms next year, Mr Tinubu demands the top job and here is a sense that he feels qualify to it.

It is probable Mr Tinubu is depending on close associates in the APC to win him the party primaries and lead him to victory in next year’s general election, mainly supporters in the country’s north, seen as key to the votes to secure Nigeria’s presidency.

Nonetheless he faces rivalry from within his party, as well as hearsay that current Vice-President Yemi Osibanjo, a close associate, is taking into account to run for the top job.

There is as well opposition from the opposition PDP that appears to be on the renewal following years of internal disruption.

At 69, Mr Tinubu appear for the old guard of Nigerian politicians and many young people are not keen on another elderly superseding Mr Buhari, whom many accused of being out of touch with the complications of governing a modern state.

The erstwhile governor has pointed to the eight years he led Lagos as evidence that he can govern Nigeria victoriously, and although he built a influence for being a tenacious politician and administrator in that time, his critics say he failed to remodel its infrastructure to befit a cosmopolis.

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