Tinubu: The kingmaker ready for the throne
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been one of the most prominent names since soldiers returned to barracks and handed power to democratically elected leaders in 1999.
Tinubu, who was elected as a senator to represent Lagos West in 1992 under the banner of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, was among the activists who campaigned for the return of democracy using the platform of the National Democratic Coalition Movement , NADECO.
In Lagos State’s first post-transition gubernatorial election in 1999, Tinubu, as the Democracy Alliance candidate, defeated Dapo Sarumi of the People’s Democratic Party and Nosirudeen Kekere-Ekun of the of all peoples. He won a second term in 2003 and after leaving office in 2007, Tinubu retained his status as one of Nigeria’s most influential politicians, serving as a kingmaker in Lagos and other states, especially in the southwest.
In 2013, he led the Action Congress of Nigeria bloc, ACN, which merged with the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA) and the New PDP (nPDP), a faction of the then-ruling PDP in the All Progressives Congress (APC), which ousted the PDP from power in the center after 16 years. Thus, elevating him to the national stage as he is affectionately referred to as the national leader of the APC.
His dexterity in controlling Lagos State and extending that influence not only to other states and regions of the country but also to the presidency made him the master of the political chess game and the numero uno kingmaker.
The kingmaker has never made a secret of his plans to become king in 2023, despite doomsday prophecies about his impending downfall. He suffered denigration, was betrayed by some prominent beneficiaries of his struggles and was threatened, among other things, during the preparation of the national convention of the APC.
His experience as a kingmaker, who has been embroiled in many political battles since 1992, will come in handy in the journey until Saturday, February 25, 2023, when Nigerians elect President Buhari’s successor.