Tinubu has carved a reputation as a smart politician. Assembling folks to protest on his behalf does him no favours
According to these guys, Tinubu is suffering so badly he needs a hug--a hug from them.
They had assembled under the “I stand with Tinubu” umbrella and according to the group’s spokesperson, Tijani Oluwadamilare, they decided to organise the loyalty walk to “show solidarity and support for Tinubu, and to send a message to everyone concerned that never again would Yoruba people stand and watch any of their respected leaders being ridiculed”.
Henry Ajomale who is the APC Chairman in Lagos said: “The man that started the whole revolution (Tinubu) is now being rubbished because of the inordinate ambition of very few members of the party. They want to destroy the party and that is why we are concerned about what is going on. If we allow a few people to truncate what we fought for, then the promise made to Nigerians would not be fulfilled.
“Those trying to undermine the leadership of Tinubu in APC are not helping this country. My advice to them is to leave Asiwaju alone and let him do what God has asked him to come and do for this country”.
There is nothing to suggest that Tinubu put these misguided chaps through this walk of shame—because that's what it turned out to be.
If the solidarity walk had Tinubu’s blessings, then the veneer of a strategic political thinker that has come to be associated with his persona, would have to be taken off him.
Anyone who hasn’t been under a rock in the last one year must be aware that Tinubu has been emasculated by the cabal within the Buhari presidency. That’s the worst kept secret in the nation’s power corridors.
But you don’t become politically relevant again by mobilising sycophants to stage a protest walk on your behalf.
If you are the famed Jagaban of Borgu, you keep your cards close to chest and wait for President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabal on the eve of the general elections in 2019.
They’ll certainly come begging again like they did on the eve of the 2015 presidential contest. And once they show up, you spread your cards on the table; this time as deftly as possible. And once you’ve done that, reach for your ace.
The South West will always remain the beautiful bride in Nigeria’s power equation and at the moment, Tinubu plays the political game in the region better than most—warts and all.
He'll have the other regions of the country by the balls yet again in 2019; and that's only if he keeps playing smart and quiet.
That solidarity walk for Tinubu made the APC leader look weak, vulnerable and desperate.
This was probably the work of overzealous Tinubu loyalists, but once they had taken to the streets for Asiwaju, the man whose name was at the center of it all, should have sent out a statement to say he knew nothing about their modus operandi or motives.
Tinubu should have disavowed and disowned the 'loyalists' because they do his famed brand as a deft political player, a lot of harm. They ruin the political brand the man has stealthily built through the years.
#IStandWithTinubu is the stuff that the Sarakis, the Diezanis and the Jonathans are made of—where shameless youth are handed paltry sums and placards laden with spelling errors, to hit the streets for a political class who hardly care for or about them.
Youths who are available for a dime a dozen shouldn't be what the Tinubu political brand is about.
Tinubu and his “I stand with” gang should know better.
The Jagaban of Borgu should be a cut above using sycophancy to buttress his case, at this point in his political career.
If he feels ostracized by the Buhari administration, there are a thousand and one other ways to get back into political reckoning in a power scheme he helped forge.
Jagaban only needs to play it smart henceforth like he’s done up to this point; and the APC cabal who will love nothing else but to cut him to size, will have nothing on him.
This shouldn't be a noise-making exercise.
And Jagaban, more than anyone else, should know this.