The political fortunes of All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu appears to be on the wane, says a former aide to former president Goodluck Jonathan.
Dr. Doyin, former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to Jonathan, spoke on Sunday in the aftermath of the loss of Tinubu’s preferred candidate, Segun Abraham, to former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Rotimi Akeredolu, in the APC governorship primary for Ondo State on Sunday.
Commenting on the election, Okupe said:
“Media wise, the juicy news seems to be that “akeredolu defeats Tinubu’s candidate ” I have also read pieces insinuating that aso rock and some other elements of southwest extraction, had “hands and legs” in this historic victory and “embarrassing ” loss by the APC leader.
Well the Yorubas say ” ote awo, ote ogberi ” that is, when the master is disgraced, the disciples are also shamed.
“I do not support imposition in any form, politics must be based on collective and inclusive decision making process.
Perhaps more importantly are issues relating to Justice, fairness and equity, with respect for one another and readiness for bargaining and institutionalising well laid out orderly and dependable compensatory party mechanism.
“Having said that, I make bold to say that there is still a place for strong leadership in our politics in the southwest.
“With seeming diminishing influence of Tinubu in the southwest Apc, and ABSOLUTE LACK OF CREDIBLE LEADERSHIP IN SOUTHWEST PDP, our politics in the southwest may soon be described by that popular adage “ko si olori ni aganyin, gbogbo nwon ni o nru ikoko ewa” meaning, because there is no leader in the Aganyin community (beans porridge sellers) all of them (young &old) carry the beans pot on their heads to sell!!!
“While I join millions of our people to rejoice with Akeredolu, I want to admonish that we in the southwest do not cry for or deride Tinubu but, rather we should on the two sides of the political divide, that is APC and PDP, pause and ponder on the emerging political leadership crisis in the Southwest.