Olabode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Lagos, said on Thursday that Bola Ahmed Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, cannot become Nigeria’s president.
George in reaction to Tinubu’s announcement of his lifelong ambition to be Nigeria’s president called it a ‘huge joke’, and that he will be betrayed by those he trusts.
In his words; “This so-called ambition must be a huge joke. The Presidency of Nigeria is not for characters like Bola Tinubu. Look at how he mismanaged the resources of Lagos State. It is surprising that he can even dream of becoming the President of Nigeria. He is living in cuckoo land,”.
According to him, the south-west has quality leaders who could produce the next president of Nigeria. Tinubu, however, is not one of them. It would be an insult to the South-West, a sophisticated region of the country, to settle for Tinubu.
Furthermore, he said it was unfortunate that Tinubu would announce his ambition on a hallowed ground such as the Presidential Villa.
Meanwhile, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization has condemned Bola Tinubu’s presidential ambitions as dead on arrival.
The Igbo group claim Tinubu’s ambition is not grounded in fairness, equity and justice, and, as such, is a futile exercise.
Chief Alex Ogbonnia, spokesperson for Ohanaeze, stated that it is the turn of the South-East to produce the next President of Nigeria, adding that the former Lagos Governor lacks the moral fortitude to assume the position.
Chief Ogbonnia said, “It is an assertion rooted in history and experience that any project that is not supported by justice and equity will not succeed. It is a project that is dead on arrival. Because God is a universal entity that he is always interested in truth, fairness and equity. So for anybody embarking on anything that is not rooted in equity and justice will not succeed and this is a countervailing force that has sustained this world from the beginning.
“So Tinubu knows that he is embarking on a cause that has no foundation in anything: foundation in equity and justice; and of course is a project that will not succeed.”
The spokesmen added that, “because there is this collective conscience that has been guiding this country. The collective conscience is to culturally determine what is right and what is wrong and to pursue the one that is right and ignore the one that is wrong.
“But all the same, those who have really gone against the convention have often lost, you know at a point General Sani Abacha wanted to continue but he lost; Goodluck Jonathan ran against the current; he lost; any other person that tries to go against the convention and the current will always lose it. Mr Tinubu is working across purposes with the foundations of this country – foundation rooted in equity and justice.
“He knows that this is the turn of the Igbo and instead of supporting for the Igbo to emerge for peace to reign, for the corporate existence of Nigeria to remain intact, he decided to add to the problem and crisis.
“So for one to succeed as a matter of facts, patriots should consider the collective interest – the group interest more than self-interest. But in this case now Tinubu is more interested in self-interest.
“He considered self-interest above group interest or corporate existence of Nigeria. And that is selfishness at its height and any country that has such people is always in problem.
“Ohanaeze’s position is that Tinubu knows that he is doing the wrong thing. He is embarking on a project that is not rooted in equity, justice and fair play, and is against the common current of the conscience of the people and to that extent he will surely lose.”