The All Progressives Congress, APC, National Leader came back to Nigeria from London where he had gone for medical attention. His return is a big advantage for his key loyalists and major support groups. This article will discuss how Tinubu's return will work against his opponent's ahead of the national convention of the APC under the leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni.
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First, the fact that he is back and will be present has sent a strong message to his opponents. They would have planned on how to have a field day and easily had some advantages if Tinubu was absent during the APC National convention. The convention is a very important event in the APC where the politics of who gets the APC presidential ticket will play out very well. The leader of the political bloc that wins the key posts in the party such as the APC National Chairman, National Secretary and other key posts will have an edge in the race to get the APC presidential ticket. Tinubu's return will somehow weaken his opponents in the race as he will handle things better.
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Secondly, his return proves that he is well. His opponents would have used his ill-health as a point against him. But, returning even ahead of his initial discharge date has left his opponents stunned. Tinubu could be seen walking in style as he is being welcomed by his supporters. As it stands now, his key opponents within the APC and outside the party will be disappointed as they cannot use ill-health as a strong point against Tinubu in the race.
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Thirdly, Tinubu's presence will work against his opponents because it will add much more momentum to the kind of support and endorsements he has been receiving. His presence will give the various support groups the motivation to root vigorously for him. The kind of crowd and endorsements Tinubu has been receiving will make some undecided persons to make up their minds on which camp to back ahead of the APC convention.
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Above all, Tinubu's bloc will be more determined to back his loyalists to win key posts ahead of the APC National Convention. Tinubu is on ground to do the lobbying and form alliances that can help his bloc to make things happen. Those that felt that the man will be outplayed would have seen that things are not working out that way. The first and very important thing Tinubu wants to get right is to ensure that his loyalists win key posts in APC at the national convention. This is part of what his supporters are going to focus on now that he is back. He also ensured that he returned early enough before the National convention to prove his opponents wrong.
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