There are several possible political mistakes that the national leader of the All Progresives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, can make ahead of the 2023 general elections. While some can be corrected, there are many that once he makes them, there is no way out. And he risks jeopardizing his rumoured presidential bid.
One of the mistake may likely take place this year if the APC goes on with the planned congress to select or elect its new leaders including members of the working committee. There ought to be arrangements towards that right now.
Bola Tinubu wouldn't have had to worry himself about the issue of the NWC if not for the annoying removal of Adams Oshiomole and the dissolution of the NWC he led. Tinubu could solely depend on Oshiomole and the sacked chairman would deliver results for Tinubu.
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, and the primary election of the APC, Tinubu needs a trusted ally in the national secretariat of the party to push through his candidacy. There would surely be a number of oppositions against Bola Tinubu, but he can rest assured if he has a trusted ally.
Tinubu would be making a mistake if he backs a wrong person for the national chairmanship of the APC. Truly, he might not be able to unilaterally decide on whom become the new chairman, but he ought to do everything possible to ensure an opponent doesn't emerge.
Already, former Borno State governor Ali Modu Sheriff has said that he would contest for the job if it is zoned to his northeast region. Can Tinubu afford to have Ali Modu Sheriff in power? The risk will be too much to bear.
Ali Modu Sheriff used to be an All Nigerian People's Party (ANPP) governor in Borno State. He spent 8 years in power and in the party. He left when he had some misunderstanding with his successor Kashim Shettima.
Thereafter, Sheriff joined the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and went on to head the party for a chaotic period of time. There was turbulence at that time and he left the PDP in 2018. Upon his departure he embraced the APC.
Mai Mala Buni and members of the caretaker committee ought to have decided on when the congress would hold. The committee was put in place in June, 2020 after Oshiomole's sacking. And the committee was initially given six months to complete its work including conducting a congress.
In December, upon the expiration of the said tenure, the powerful National Executive Council (NEC) of the party met and elongated the term with another six months. Hopefully, the committee will come up with a timetable for the exercise soon.
And once the schedule is out, it is crucial for Tinubu to look before he leaps. Whatever preparations he might have made might be shattered if he fails to act and ensure that an ally or someone who will be fair and transparent takes over the affairs of the All Progresives Congress.
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