The unfolding organised opposition by the North, against the alleged presidential ambition of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu may be gaining momentum faster than envisaged after all.
The National President, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Abdullahi Bodejo, has pronounced the former Governor of Lagos State and leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) unfit to rule the country because he is older than the 76 year old incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari and thus not fit to succeed him in 2023.
According to the leader of the powerful and influential Northern Nigerian based group, the always mentioned rotation of power between the North and South which the supporters of Tinubu are hinging their hope on, is a ruse.
In an interview monitored in the Sun by The page, the group’s leader downplayed the influence of Asiwaju Tinubu in the emergence of President Mohammadu Buhari as Nigeria leader in the 2015 and 2019 elections.
Asked if he knows that without Tinubu, Buhari would not have made it in 2015, he said “I have told you that 2015 is now history. Even me talking to you now, do you know the role I played in 2015?
“People played all manner of politics in 2015 and Tinubu was not the only person.
“What I know is that Tinubu cannot be the president of Nigeria. That is the truth. He is very old and maybe older than President Buhari.
“Some people see Tinubu like one big masquerade but he is not. Some think that he is the Yoruba leader but he is not.
“He is also like Obasanjo; some people see the former president as a small god but he is not. In my last interview before the election, I said it that Obasanjo has only one vote like any other person.
“What happened? Did it not turn out like that? Everybody’s eyes are already open now.
“If Tinubu is recognized by the Yoruba people as their leader, why did Buhari score 50 per cent there?
“Why did he not ask them to give him like even 60 per cent at least? Tinubu has failed and that is the truth.
“Or are you telling me that Tinubu did anti-party activities by telling the South West to share the votes 50/50 to APC and PDP?”
In the same vein, Bodejo further reinforced the belief that an Igbo man or woman may not be President of Nigeria in the foreseeable future because there is hatred against the Hausas by the Igbo.
“Do you know that if you go to some parts of the South, if they see an Hausa man, they would say he is a Boko Haram member or derogatorily, they will say ‘Onye Hausa?,
“That kind of hatred has been there among some Southerners. It will be difficult for the Igbo to rule this country because they have something in their mind that is not good.
“The country is more than a tribe coming to hate some ethnic region, religion and so on. They should know that Nigeria is one”
Senator Shehu Sanni had before now informed about an unfolding design by some powerful northerners to dish out derogatory information about Tinubu before the people of the region using very popular media channels within the environment.