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Why Obasanjo May Have  No Option Than To Support Tinubu For 2023 Presidency

‘I have dedicated the rest of my life to global peace, service to humanity’- Obasanjo

When I heard those words from General Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo my mind raced to the 2023 presidential elections and what role Obasanjo may likely play before his final exit from the political scene.

Baba Iyabo has proven to be one of the most patriotic Nigerian ever, his love for the unity of the country has never been in doubt from day one, his days in the Military was an attestation to his selfless service to the country.

Obasanjo’s political life has its own slips and many may accuse him of one who never supported the Yoruba agenda, while some others say he’s a very self-centred individual.

As a nationalist Obasanjo has always played a vital role in the administration of the country.

From recent events, the 2023 presidential elections would factor in so many interests aside from the usual zoning, religion, power separation etc.

The present tension ongoing in the country as regards insecurity, ethnic uprising and secessionist threats must be factored in the equation in deciding who takes over from President Buhari.

Competency, ability to manage a crisis, political maturity, required diplomatic experience, empathy with the Nation and a sound economical knowledge laced with creativity and productivity are basic requisite if we must get it right as a Nation in 2023.

Today the South-West classifies Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as a living legend in Yoruba land because of his leadership qualities, they see him as a rallying point for the region and the Nation at large.

His charismatic personality and progressive ideas are added advantages. No doubt Obasanjo would find Tinubu’s choice as a replacement to Buhari a national task and like his patriotism which has been constant as the Northern Star the former President may have no option other than to support Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the 2023 presidency.

Now from my personal forecast, Obasanjo would follow his predictable route.

Obasanjo kicked against Atiku’s aspiration in 2007 and brought in Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan.

When the Yar’Adua’s administration was adrift due to the illness of Yar’Adua, Obasanjo was at the forefront of Goodluck Jonathan taking over, and when he was to contest Obasanjo was the champion of his candidacy in 2011.

In 2015 Obasanjo tore his party card(PDP) and supported Buhari against the same Goodluck Jonathan.

2019 Obasanjo was dissatisfied with Buhari’s administration and threw his weight behind Atiku’s candidacy. the same Atiku he fought endlessly.

Certainly, Obasanjo is not immune from the “you win some and you lose some diagnostic” as the Egba General has experienced his own share of political defeat, but be that as it may, his support and endorsement holds big authority in whatever context you wish to anchor your debate on.

So if we follow the trajectory of Obasanjo’s support then you might have to agree with me that Uncle Sege this time around may have no option than to support the former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu who happens to be a one time political FOE.

Tinubu today happens to be the focal point for the South-West presidency and this may be the last act of patriotism Chief Olusegun  Obasanjo may undertake before he finally bows out fully from the political scene to a full-time retirement at Otta.

Meanwhile the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III  visited the National Leader of the All Progressives Party (APC); Bola Ahmed Tinubu at his Bourdillon residence in Lagos on Saturday.

Aside from this visit, the South-West monarchs are at the forefront of Tinubu’s presidency.

Osigwe Omo-Ikirodah writes in from Abuja.

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Lawan, who made the declaration Saturday while flagging off 2021 empowerment project to 2,000 beneficiaries of Katsina Central organised by Sen Kabir Barkiya, said the current administration needs the support and prayers of Nigerians.

He said: “Those who were saying that in the present circumstance caused by insecurity, that Nigeria could turn a failed state, approaching a fail state or may likely end up a fail state, are missing the point because Nigeria can never be a fail state.

“Again they forget that when a state of emergency was declared in some part of the north east during Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria did not turn a fail state talk more of present.

”It is necessary that all stakeholders should join hands in the fight with the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari to overcome the present challenges facing the nation.”

Governor Aminu Masari called for collective efforts irrespective of party affiliations to build the state and country to a greater height.

Barkiya noted that, ever since he got elected, he has not slept a day without thinking about proffering solutions to the numerous problems and challenges of his constituents in Katsina Central Senatorial district.

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The O’odua Peoples Congress (OPC) said the former Chief of Army Staff and Minister of Interior, Lieutenant-General Abdurahman Dambazau, is suffering from acute dementia and gradually losing touch with reality.

OPC, in a statement on Saturday by its Publicity Secretary, Barrister Yinka Oguntimehin, reacted to the statement credited to the former minister that the OPC was the same as the dreaded Boko Haram.

The group condemned in strong terms the statement credited to the ex-minister, pointing out that such statements were capable of heating up the polity and disrupting national peace.

Oguntimehin also described Dambazau as a northern irredentist and extremist popularly noted for his unguarded statements and utterances.

“From his statement, it is obvious that the ex-COAS is suffering from acute dementia and he is gradually losing touch with the realities of this time.


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“Such high profile ex-military officer cannot be trusted in the fight against insurgency because he had on several occasion pleaded on their behalf.

“In 2014, before the general election, Dambazau and four other top northern leaders had their hands in the recruitments of bandits into the country. And when he eventually became the minister of Interior, under President Muhammadu Buhari, he requested and pleaded that the Federal Government should raise over N800 billion to settle the bandits. A request which was opposed by Nigerians.

“So for such a person to have said that OPC is the same as Boko Haram is not only derogatory, but it is most unfortunate to say the least.”

Oguntimehin said: “Boko Haram is adjudged globally as the third most dreaded terrorist groups in the world. And up till today, it remains as such with various cases of killings across the North.

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“OPC has never involved in any act of insurgency, including kidnapping or killings. Our group have been at the vanguard of supporting the police and providing information that can help the police in ensuring effective security at the grassroots.

“For instance, during the END SARS protests, OPC came to the rescue in the southwest and we protected the police stations and the police formations against unscrupulous rioters that had hijacked the peaceful protests.

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Part of the statement read: “The academy wishes to inform the general public that UTME is one of the basic requirements for entry into the academy.

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He advised the general public to ignore any information on social media purporting the suspension of JAMB exam for 73 Regular Course.

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