Tinubu has lost Nothing – Richard Romanus
Whether the ongoing All Progressives Congress, APC crises eventually consumes Senator Bola Armed Tinubu or not, nobody can deny the fact that the man is and will forever remain a colossus and a political enigma. When you consider the political wars he has fought and won and the number of people he has made what they are today in this Country, you can’t help but wonder what kind of man is Asiwaju!
Tinubu in my opinion remains one of the greatest politicians in the history of this Country. I may be wrong anyway. He deserves to be understudied by anybody who desire to go far in the politics of Nigeria. His longevity and influence in the politics of Nigeria is nothing but legendary.
Tinubu as Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria had colleagues. Where are they and what influence do they wield in present day Nigeria?
Tinubu as governor of Lagos State 1999 to 2007 had colleagues. Where are they today, 13 years after?
Among his then colleagues, only Senators Orji Uzor Kalu, George Akume, Chimaroke Nnamani, Danjuma Goje, and very few others are struggling to remain relevant in the politics of their various States. Who still remembers Rev. Jolly Nyame of Taraba, Obong Victor Attah of Akwa Ibom, Chinwoke Mbadinuju of Anambra, Achike Udenwa of Imo, Lucky Igbenedion of Edo and even our own Donald Duke etc? These were all former governors that made similar effort to be the godfathers and the ultimate deciders of who gets what in their various States just like Tinubu but met a brickwall and today, they have all gone into political oblivion. How Tinubu maintained grip of lagos despite being the only opposition State as at then and has sustained it till this day makes him the master of the game. Give it to him!
Through his sheer political mastery and organisational acumen, he was able to lead his party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to win over the entire Southwest yet his political detractors didn’t think he deserves some respect, they described him as a regional leader whose influence and strength cannot go beyond the South West geopolitical Region. Tinubu again took us by storm by initiating and championing one of the biggest Mergers in the history of this Country that for the first time, ceased power from an Incumbent. His party had no option but to confer on him the position of the National leader of the APC. Even the President who ordinarily should be the only man bearing such a title, conceded to Asiwaju. Am sure this is in recognition of the huge contribution and sacrifices he singlehandedly made to the Party.
The truth is, but not for the insatiability of human wants, Tinubu for me has seen it all. The bad, the good and the ugly. If he has fought 20 political battles, the Jagaban as he is fondly called by friends and admirers has clearly won 19. Peradventure he losses the battle for the soul of the APC in the long run, for me, it doesn’t make him any less. A man that singlehandedly install a Vice President in a complex Country like Nigeria, made governors, Senators, Ministers, Reps members, Speakers and members of State Houses of Assemblies, commissioners etc cannot be said to be a loser.
I am not a member of the APC and may never be one but i dare say that, the man Tinubu is an institution. Yes he may be stinkingly corrupt and sometimes very brutish in his politics but mehn, if it is true that leadership is not about having more followers but identifying and making more leaders, then Tinubu qualifies to be called a LEADER.