Time to Get Rid of Tinubu’s Cronies in Lagos, By Femi Aribisala

Posted on Dec 26 2014 - 2:06am by admin
there is a common Yoruba music that says: “Eko o gba gbere rara o.”  It way: “Lagos does not take any nonsense by any means.”  it’s excessive time for Lagos to fulfil the intent of this song by using putting a stop to commandeering of the political procedures within the state through Bola Tinubu and his cronies. 

enough is enough.  The domination of Lagos politics by way of one man has gone on for too long.  Lagos have to be wrested from the keep watch over of Bola Tinubu who has enslaved the politicians within the state and privatised its tools for the final sixteen years.  Senator Femi Okurounmu, a Yoruba Afenifere leader and co-coordinator of the not too long ago concluded national convention, mentioned early this 12 months: “Now that the Yoruba folks have known that the APC is worse than PDP- in corruption, impunity and absence of internal democracy- now we have to vote towards APC.” 

Divided house
The shenanigans of Tinubu on the just concluded APC gubernatorial primaries in Lagos present sturdy confirmation of the veracity of the Senator’s position.  nobody should be fooled; the primaries have been nothing but one giant charade.  those of us who’ve insisted that there’s nothing modern or democratic about the APC had been sadly proved proper as soon as once more.  Tinubu frustrated each pretension to democracy within the elections and manipulated his cronies into place of job; all within the interest of sustaining his domination of Lagos politics.

in the course of, he has sown the seed of his own downfall.  A home divided in opposition to itself cannot stand.  Tinubu has effectively divided the APC in Lagos.  it’s now as much as the PDP to capitalise on his high-handedness by coming up with a candidate that may be sold to Lagosians.  If it does, the days of slavery to Tinubu in Lagos will without a doubt come to an finish on 29th may just, 2015.

now we have considered this earlier than.  In 1991, the Social Democratic birthday celebration (SDP) appeared to have Lagos underneath lock and key.  In the house of meeting election, the SDP won an amazing 26 of the 30 seats.  however, it lost the election of governor to the national Republican conference (NRC).  Sir Michael Otedola changed into governor of Lagos as a result of war and cut up throughout the SDP and he used to be the beneficiary of the consequent protest vote. 
The proof means that, due to Tinubu’s excessive jinks, historical past may repeat itself in 2015 with the possible lack of Lagos by using the ruling APC to the opposition PDP.  

Mafia godfather
Bola Tinubu is a political leopard that can not change its pores and skin.  the person is not a democrat, has never been a democrat and can never be a democrat.  the reality of the subject is that democracy does no longer go well with Tinubu’s the political agenda.  In a second of Nebuchadnezzar exuberance earlier than the Ekiti poll, Tinubu declared: “no person, nobody under the sun, below the United nations Human Rights constitution, can stop Bola Tinubu’s ambition.” 

After what we witnessed on Thursday at the APC primaries for the potential governor of Lagos, it is clear that the onus is now on the Lagos voters to put a stop to Tinubu pomposity in Lagos. 
Tinubu never even found it important to pretend prior to now to be a democrat.  in line with his own number of expression, he normal his political style in Lagos State and, certainly, all the South-West, grandiloquently as “godfatherism,” claiming: “godfatherism is biblical, which is why Christians consult with God as their father.”

alternatively, Tinubu’s “godfatherism” is more equivalent to that of unscrupulous mafia dons in Sicily.  it’s surely anathema to democratic norms and principles.  Tinubu’s “godfatherism” way candidates for public administrative center of his political birthday party will not be elected by way of fashionable vote however chosen from Tinubu’s bed room in Bourdillon street after which imposed on the celebration.  they’re then held below a good leash with the aid of the Jagaban and are required to do his bidding on pain of being summarily replaced or impeached. 
Bisi Akande, former chairman of Tinubu’s legacy ACN celebration, declared unapologetically that democracy had no location within the inner arrangements of the ACN.  “someone that is not comfortable with that must go and contest in every other political birthday party,” he said.

Anti-democratic APC
Nothing has in point of fact changed on this stance beyond the truth that ACN has for the reason that metamorphosed into the APC.  the primary check used to be the so-referred to as election of the chairman of the party.  Recognising that his possibility candidate would possibly not be elected in a free and honest democratic poll, Tinubu engaged in backroom deals whereby, instead of electing a new APC chairman, Odigie-Oyegun used to be rigged into the place of job. 
APC governors went together with this charade out of fear Tinubu might otherwise lose interest within the new birthday party and deny it precious South-West fortify.  The lie used to be sold to the convention that each one other candidates had agreed to step down for Odigie-Oyegun.  because of this, he used to be declared the brand new consensus chairman of the birthday party.

unfortunately for Tinubu, he had to contend within the APC with new people who were not beholden to him and refused to be subservient to him.  hence, Tom Ikimi blew the whistle on him, insisting he never dropped out of the race for Oyegun but was once forced out because, at that time, Tinubu had designs for a Muslim/Muslim APC presidential ticket, with him as the vice-presidential candidate.  Ali Modu Sheriff used to be even stated to have been so incensed by means of Tinubu at an APC NEC assembly that he threatened to beat him up.  both of these males have in view that left the APC.

Sharp practices
With these antecedents, it isn’t stunning due to this fact that the APC main for the birthday celebration’s gubernatorial candidate for Lagos State was once but any other sham orchestrated by using Tinubu.  long sooner than the election, Tinubu had unveiled Akinwumi Ambode as his most popular candidate.  Oba Rilwan Akiolu, who Tinubu arrogantly introduced is one of the very few Obas value his salt in the whole South-West, had already publicly counseled Tinubu’s irrefutable possibility. 

but there were already rumblings that some weren’t going to take this mendacity down this time.  Muiz Banire, one among Tinubu’s former acolytes, declared publicly that the imposition of a candidate on the APC will have to be resisted.  He said: “I want to motivate our individuals, specifically APC people, to shine their eyes. they must shine their eyes this time round and no longer enable any one to tug the wool over them. they have their votes, their rights, and they should go all out to make sure that we now have and enjoy free, transparent, and just primaries.”
however this used to be to not be.  Tinubu manipulated the method from starting to end.  Delegates were not chosen from the 20 native governments acknowledged by the APC structure. as a substitute of direct primaries within the completely different native government wards, oblique primaries had been held, enabling the powers-that-be to make a choice their most popular disciples and give them voting instructions.  To that end, the delegate record used to be no longer made identified to any of the candidates, excluding favourite-son Ambode.

once the consequences started to be declared, the opposite contestants realised they had been conned.  they all stormed out of the venue in protest; leaving most effective Ambode and Ganiyu Solomon.  Tokunbo Wahab, some of the aggrieved candidates, declared: “i will say categorically, that what took place as of late was no longer a primary but a pre-orchestrated drama. we shall be making our positions known to the birthday celebration and INEC within the next few hours and we shall pursue this to a logical, legal conclusion.”
It must be clear to any however essentially the most politically naive that in a very free and honest election, Ambode is no competition for some of the different contestants.  Ambode just isn’t a politician, and he is an unknown political quantity in Lagos.  How then can he prevail over a long way more widespread and higher–recognized politicians in APC, together with Ganiyu Solomon, a serving Senator; Adeyemi Ikuforiji, an extended-standing Speaker of the house of meeting; and different family names like Femi Hamzat, the State Commissioner for Works.

the implications themselves gave the deceive your entire process.  Political lightweight Ambode obtained a whopping 3,735 votes; whereas Hamzat could simplest manage 1201 votes; Ganiyu Solomon 272 votes and Adeyemi Ikuforiji 182 votes.
Tinubu pleaded with aspirants to just accept the contrived result, saying: “you might be 12 aspirants and like the 12 tribes of Israel you may have some variations however you must remain one and united.”  somebody needs to inform the Jagaban that the 12 tribes of Israel were not united.  in reality, they cut up, with two tribes turning into the dominion of Judah and the rest ten the dominion of Israel.

Emasculated governor
Tinubu’s machinations are all about energy and keep an eye on.  by means of selecting a candidate without grassroots give a boost to, Tinubu is ensuring that he would now not be a danger to him if he becomes governor.  furthermore, he would now not be able to rely on his personal unbiased sources of power out of doors of Tinubu.  That method, the person could be at Tinubu’s beck and make contact with.  This ensures that Tinubu would emasculate the governor; making him completely dependent on him with no need a big political construction of his personal.

If the governor grows wings after a few years in place of job, the threat of impeachment with the aid of Tinubu’s henchmen in the house of meeting could be held as a sword of Damocles around his neck to maintain him back in line.  via the same incorrect process, Tinubu loyalists also swept the APC house of meeting primaries, whilst his supporters swept the election within the 20 LGAs and 30 LCDAs.  With this smooth sweep, Tinubu’s persisted keep an eye on of the state legislature is certain will have to the APC candidates prevail at the polls in February.

it is subsequently crucial for the Lagos voters to throw out Tinibu and his gang lock, stock and barrel within the coming elections.  For too lengthy, Lagos has been run as the private property of 1 over-bearing man.  This must come to an end.  Come February 2015, Lagos voters must send Tinubu into early retirement, recognising that a vote for APC again is a vote for political slavery to the whims and caprices of 1 insatiable godfather.

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