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Bola Tinubu How ‘Nigeria’s Machiavelli’ helped bring down Jonathan’s government

Tinubu was also described as Nigeria’s Svengali by the Financial Times in an article titled “Nigeria’s Machiavelli – How a political godfather helped bring down a President.”

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APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu

(The Nation)

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has been described as ‘Nigeria’s Machiavelli’ for his role in ending the tenure of outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan.

Tinubu was also described as Nigeria’s Svengali by the Financial Times in an article titled “Nigeria’s Machiavelli – How a political godfather helped bring down a President.”

A Svengali is a person who exercises a controlling or mesmeric influence on another, especially for a sinister purpose while Machiavellianism is "the employment of cunning and duplicity in statecraft or in general conduct."

Tinubu is believed to be the driving force behind the APC and its candidates, one of whom is the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.

The article reads in part:

“From his redoubt on Bourdillon road in upmarket Lagos, a man popularly known as the Jagaban cemented his reputation this week as a political Svengali with the role he played helping to orchestrate the downfall of Nigeria’s sitting president, Goodluck Jonathan.”

“Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whose name comes from a chieftaincy title bestowed on him by the town of Borgu, in Nigeria’s north, was from 1999 to 2007 the provincial governor of the country’s economic engine, the coastal state and megacity of Lagos.”

“The political godfather of Nigeria’s south west, Mr Tinubu’s unlikely alliance with the austere former military ruler, now president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, made possible the first opposition victory in Nigeria’s electoral history.”

“Described as “deeply Machiavellian” and a “master strategist” by one of his party peers, the Jagaban has cannily built a political empire among ethnic Yorubas in Lagos and the south west, as formidable, according to allied politicians, as that of Obafemi Awolowo, who led Nigeria’s second largest ethnic block at independence.”

“Yet the Jagaban is a controversial figure, resented by some for the dominating machine politics he has brought to the south west, but adored by others, especially in Lagos, who see his hand behind the remarkable renaissance of the city in the past 15 years.”

“Mr Tinubu attributes the success of the campaign, the most disciplined by an opposition group in Nigeria’s history and sophisticated in terms of the data monitoring it used to keep on top of events, to compromise.”

Buhari, the APC Presidential candidate, won the March 28, 2015 elections defeating incumbent Jonathan by over 2 million votes.

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