Another look at Jagaban, the power-bank of current South West politics
Whereas Lagosians are beginning to forget all the intrigues characterizing the recent loss of incumbent Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode in the All Progressive Congress (APC) guber primaries, it is important to take another look on why Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu remains a rallying factor in South West politics.
Beyond all forms of calculations and analytical thinking, Tinubu remains an enigma and a real developmental politician as far as the Centre of Excellence , Nigeria’s undisputable commercial hub is on the table of discuss.
Accordingly, no matter how anybody feels about Tinubu, he deserves some respect even though he may, like all of us, have his own shortcomings, he is best described as a developmental politician as majority of public office seekers close to him never fall so easily and remain relevant futuristically.
Some of us are yet to see any politician that have touched his Agbada once and remained the same afterwards.
Just look at the roll call
1. Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN was Tinubu’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.
He is today, Nigeria’s Vice President.
2. Rauf Aregbesola was Tinubu’s Commissioner for Works. Today he is serving his second tenure as Governor of Osun State.
3. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN was Tinubu’s Chief of Staff and successor in office. He is today
Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing.
4. Alhaji Lai Mohammed was Tinubu’s first Chief of Staff. He is today, Nigeria’s Minister of Information.
5. Babatunde Fowler was appointed by Tinubu as Chairman of the Lagos State Internal Revenue
Service. Today, he is the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.
At the National Assembly, there are countless “Tinubu boys” who have occupied and are still occupying seats till today. Since 1999, the Tinubu camp has produced almost 98% of the members of the National Assembly from Lagos State.
Forget politics, this man is a political enigma.
Rewind to 1999, I am sure most of us have forgotten the names of the People who were elected Governors then. Some of them have gone out of circulation. Some are gasping for breath politically. Indeed, most of them are no longer relevant today.Who still remembers Mbadinuju of
Anambra State, Jolly Nyame of Taraba, Mohammed Lawal of Kwara, Segun Osoba of Ogun, Attahiru Bafarawa of Sokoto, Achike Udenwa of Imo, Victor Attah of Akwa Ibom, Orji Uzor Kalu of Abia who has continued to loss senatorial elections year-on-year.
But Tinubu has not only managed to remain extremely relevant, he has continued to control Lagos politics 100%.
Only few do not know how Tinubu wrestled 2015 presidential primaries from Atiku and handed it over to President Muhammadu Buhari in smart commando realignment operations inside Taslim Balogun Stadium, venue of the primaries.
Not only that, he manages to carry his boys along and today they occupy critical positions in our national life.
Take it or leave it, Tinubu is today, Nigeria’s most powerful politician. It didn’t just happen by chance. He worked very hard for it. Very very hard. The hallmark of a true leader is not just the ability to rule well but also the ability to nurture and groom his followers.
People say his likes are hard to find elsewhere in Nigeria. They also fear how his successor will emerge if ever.