While preparation is ongoing for the national convention of the All Progresives Congress (APC), there are at least two ministers of President Muhammadu Buhari that Bola Ahmed Tinubu can back to become the national chairman of the party.
For close to a year now the party in power has not had an authentic and substantive national chairman making it look weak at the time the PDP is resurging.
The last elected chairman was Mr. Adams Oshiomole and since he was removed by the powerful National Executive Council (NEC), the party has been without a rudder. It is being led and managed by a caretaker committee headed by Mr. Mai Mala Buni.
The committee is saddled with responsibilities including to conduct a Congress in which the delegates will elect new leaders including members of the National Working Committee (NWC).
As a potential candidate of the party for the presidential election Bola Ahmed Tinubu needs to be highly strategic in his planning for his presidency or else he may end up losing it all.
Tinubu has so many confidants and loyalists in the President Muhammadu Buhari's government and he can freely choose one of them and sponsor the person.
If Adams Oshiomole were around, Tinubu would only have to sleep and ask Oshiomole to do much of the work. Even it would be much earlier for Tinubu to get the ticket.
The first notable minister of Buhari that Tinubu should nominate is George Akume.
Akume is a strong politician in the north central region. He is highly powerful and influential. He was the first politician to serve a two term as Benue State governor. He was first elected in 1999 and he got a second term in 2003. He spent 8 years in power as governor.
The elder statesman became a Senator from June 2011 to June 2015. He was the minority leader in the Senate during that period.
George Akume was appointed as minister by Buhari to head the ministry of Special Duties and intergovernmental affairs.
Tinubu can rely on the sagacity of Akume and his ambition is safe with the former Benue State governor in power at the national secretariat of the All Progresives Congress.
The second minister that Tinubu can nominate is Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture.
One of the key loyalists of Tinubu is Lai Mohammed. They have been together as allies for donkey years. And there has been no major friction them. Of course, the information minister used to be a leader of the Alliance for Democracy and he contested for Kwara State governor's seat.
He participated in the formation of the All Progresives Congress and he was the pioneer publicity secretary of the APC. Mohammed was instrumental to several success stories of the APC and he was rewarded in 2015.
It was not surprising when President Muhammadu Buhari announced that Lai Mohammed would head the ministry of information and culture.
Tinubu can use Mohammed as the national chairman of the party. The two can work assiduously to tame Bukola Saraki, a past president of the Senate.
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