Highly influential APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, finally, has offered a glimpse into the secret of his political wizardry.
The former Governor of Lagos State and also a one time Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria disclosed this on Friday, March 22, 2019.
This was while refuting the weighty allegation that he had a secret meeting with the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, in order to influence today’s Sokoto State governorship rerun election in favour of his party, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Said the Jagaban of Borgu, whom besides successfully ‘installing’ three governors in Lagos State has also seen to the emergence of others in other States as well as dozens of legislators, both at the federal and state levels: “Our attention has been drawn to a partisan advertorial in the March 21 edition of Daily Trust, entitled – ‘Inconclusive Gubernatorial Election: Sokoto People Warn Tinubu, Oshiomole, Yari, Bagudu and Others’.
“The advertorial, placed by an organisation called the Sokoto State Coalition of PDP Supporters, bears the logo of PDP National Youth League and is signed by one Engr. Haruna Usman Shagari.
“The advert made baseless allegations against myself, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, Chairman of APC, Sen. Adamu Aliero and Gov. Abdul’Aziz Yari of Zamfara.
“It falsely alleges that I, along with the others, met the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu in order to influence the Sokoto State gubernatorial rerun election in favour of the APC.
“These allegations by a contrived PDP organ are desperate untruths without a basis in fact. But they are entirely in line with the delusional reactions of PDP to their loss in the presidential elections.”
Continuing, he recalled his contributions to the establishment of the Uwais Commission set up by the late President Umaru Yar’adua. And thus wondered why he should feature at all in anything that would jeopardize that.
“A prominent member of that panel, Prof Attahiru Jega later became the INEC Chairman and was able to implement the far-reaching reforms that have enabled us to have the free and fair elections that we witnessed in 2015 and now in 2019.
“If I were such a prominent supporter of electoral reforms, why will I now be among those trying to subvert democracy?
“My only tools for influencing elections are my moral authority, my skills as a veteran politician, and dedication to campaigning and mobilising my own party members.”
Warning against this constancy of roping him into what he knows nothing about, both to discredit him and also to score cheap political points, he said: “With respect to Sokoto, former Gov. Aliyu Wamakko is a popular figure and leader who has the respect of the people of the state.
“It is also clear that the APC candidate is more qualified and more committed to the welfare of the people than his PDP opponent.
“By his panicked responses, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has shown his sheer desperation, fears that his political career is crumbling. If he loses this election, he has lost everything.
“Thus there is no untruth he will not tell and no tactic too extreme in order to hold on to his seat. However, he should not use my name to defraud the people or as a way to gain sympathy.
“Instead, Tambuwal should face the consequences of his own actions. It is Tambuwal, who has caused his own predicament. The people know that Tambuwal has sacrificed their interests to advance his own.
“He can try whatever propaganda and untruths he wants, but in the end, the people will render the verdict that his selfish and unproductive record deserves,” he added.
Interestingly, Tinubu, it should be recalled, was one of those who upped Tambuwal’s political ante, and brought him to national prominence. At war with then President Goodluck Jonathan, he united forces with others to make Tambuwal the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives. Along the line, unfortunately, both men differed and Tambuwal, hitherto a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, crossed over to the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party. Both parties, ever since, have been operating like cat and dog in Sokoto, the reverred seat of caliphate.