When the kingmaker wants to be king
@KadariaAhmed raises a very important point in this interview.
The interesting thing is, this is the same reason Tinubu would also make a horrible president. These men do not have the willingness (or the capacity) to build others to become like them. They only give enough to keep you dependent and returning for more.
These are people that only believe in handouts. Only giving you a little to eat each day. But never what you need to truly grow. Only what will keep you coming back tomorrow.
That was the difference between Fashola & Tinubu’s impact on Lagos state. One focused on infrastructure and enabling businesses; the other prioritized his influence and power over the common man, using stomach infrastructure.
In my opinion, both approaches had their uses. Tinubu’s influence is not completely unearned. And I strongly doubt Fashola would have gotten away with some of his lofty Lagos projects without Tinubu’s social capital. But that’s exactly where Tinubu missed the mark with his ambition.
Yoruba people will say “afobaje kii joba” i.e. kingmakers do not become king. Tinubu’s attempts to subvert that truism has put him and his party in a very precarious position.
Just imagine, if Tinubu had stepped on stage after Osinbajo’s rousing speech and then endorsed him (Yemi Osinbajo) for president… In one genius move he would have secured votes from “progressive” Southerners, and from Northerners who already believed PYO to be Buhari’s “chosen” candidate.
Not to mention APC wouldn’t be in its current Muslim-Muslim ticket conundrum. Instead they would have Daddy G.O.’s support, alongside millions of Nigerian Christians worldwide. Jagaban would have secured his position in Nigerian history as a national kingmaker. Twice.
Instead the acclaimed political juggernaut is now in the uncomfortable position where he’s jostling for power with “awon omo inu e” (those he’s old enough to parent); putting decades of political goodwill, years of planning, and the hopes of many hangers-on at risk.
All because our “afobaje” has decided that “emilokan”. Not exactly the play of someone who truly “knows the game”
Please don’t let these people play games with your life. Get your PVC today. Take back your power. Take back Nigeria.