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Don’t Be Fooled By APC Northern Govs’ Endorsement, Choice Of A Southern Candidate. See Why!

The Oasis Reporters

June 10, 2022



Bola Tinubu (fourth from right) poses with a majority of northern governors.

By Luka Binniyat

NB: This is my personal opinion as any citizen is entitled to, and not that of any group.

I laugh at those sucked in by the cleverly crafted ruse dished out by the Northern Governors’ endorsement of a Southern presidential candidate of their party, APC, thereby leading to the selection of Jagaban Borgu, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, emeritus governor of Lagos State.

The last thing in the minds of these men, including Kaduna State’s master of deception, is the emergence of a Southern President.

No way!

In their thinking, if the APC had decided to field a Northern candidate, that would have made the North to have three formidable presidential candidates. Yes! – because Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso who has a cult following in Kano, Jigawa, northern Kaduna, and other places in Arewa north, is now the assured presidential candidate of the NNPP.

Abubakar Atiku, who is Fulani from Adamawa state, is the PDP’s flag bearer already.

Peter Obi, who is immensely popular in the Middle Belt and the South is the Presidential candidate of the rather ‘dwarfish’ Labour Party. As at now, many who love Peter Obi are unhappy that he didn’t slug it out with the mega dollar aspirants of the PDP.

But today, Obi is the reason for that “patriotic” and “exemplary” move of these governors.

Had the APC picked a Northern candidate they knew that the move would have revulsed the Middle Belt, the South East, the South South and the South West. Power, in the thinking of folks from these zones ought to return to the South, most appropriately, to a Christian.

The APC Northern Governors read this danger. So to them, they have washed themselves clean in the eyes of the unsuspecting Middle Belt and the South.

So they thus did everything humanly possible to ensure that Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, who would have had a fighting chance to defeat Atiku in the 2023 polls, did not get the ticket of their party. They then ensured the victory of Asiwaju Tinubu who Atiku will rout before 11am on election day. For all they care, and which would be glaringly obvious, they have fulfilled all righteousness by giving the South the ticket.

They know that the Jagaban seemingly looks medically unfit for the job, besides certain integrity issues that people whisper about. Mark my words! Tinubu is the “preferred” candidate of Buhari. So the Jagaban is assuredly on the ballot.

Buhari and the northern governors know that in the new Electoral Act, the campaign period has been stretched to 15O days before the general elections.

If you leave three Northern Presidential candidates to contest against Peter Obi, that stretch of time is enough for the Obi team to mobilise funds and supporters and the Labour party will become a behemoth you can’t ignore anymore. It will become too big for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC) to stop. The South, the Middle Belt and the liberal far north would ensure it.

An alliance of the electorate from the 13 Middle Belt States, the South and far northerners with non-conservative thinking would make it an easy win for the former Anambra State governor.

If the APC puts a Muslim Arewa candidate for the presidency, Peter Obi will inexorably become President and that’s an armaggedon the Arewa north, especially those northern governors do not want to imagine.

It’s better that power remains with the Fulani for more consolidation of whatever agenda Arewa north has started in 2015.

The Arewa elite are not ready to part with power. It serves them better that one of them controls the lever of power and it doesn’t matter which party he comes from.

Nkwame Nkrumah must have had them in mind when he said, “give me the Kingdom of Power, and all other things will be added onto me.”

So don’t be fooled.

It’s all for Atiku.

Written by Luka Binniyat.

A public affairs analyst from Kaduna, north west Nigeria.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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