Those who believe the wise saying that delay is dangerous are not wrong because experience has shown that it is true.
Many Nigerians have come to see the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as one of those that may be contesting for presidential election in 2023 with a view to succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari. In fact, there are good reasons to believe that Tinubu will contest.
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This is because his body language seems to suggest so. Again, his loyalists and supporters have started campaigning for him across the country. In fact, Tinubu's supporters have taken mobilization for his reported 2023 presidential ambition to London, UK, where he is currently receiving medical attention. But, there is one thing Tinubu has failed to do which may affect his presidential ambition in the long run.
What is the thing he has failed to do?
Curiously, Tinubu has failed to openly declare his intention to contest for President in 2023. While many people may think that it is too early, the reality on ground proves otherwise. If it is too late, why are Tinubu's loyalists and supporters mobilizing for him and campaigning for him already? If it is too early, why are different groups like South West Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA) openly endorsing him and touring the country seeking support for him?
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If Tinubu thinks it is too early to openly declare his intention, then he needs to think about the other side of the coin. Time waits for nobody. There are many undecided Nigerians that would have backed him but they are unsure if truly he wants to contest for the post. Some people feel that he is undecided about it. His long silence or you may call it procrastination may affect his presidential ambition in some ways.
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What of how it may affect him in the APC which is his own party?
Well, there are speculations that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo may contest for President too to succeed his principal Buhari in 2023. His loyalists are also mobilizing for him ahead of the presidential election. Some reports also have it that Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, some former Governors in the South West and few other APC heavyweights are also eyeing the presidential seat in 2023. Yet, the fact that Tinubu has not openly declared his intention to contest may be a good excuse for any of them or all of them to declare their intention to contest. If all of them join the race, even if they do not win, they may end up dividing Tinubu's votes from South West and in the APC. That could affect his chances of winning.
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At a time when all eyes are on Tinubu to openly declare his intention to contest for President, why has he failed to do so? At a time when many influential groups have openly endorsed him, when the likes of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and Ahmed Yerima from Zamfara State have even declared their intentions to contest for President, what is Tinubu afraid of or why has he failed to openly declare his intention to contest for President? This may actually affect him if he keep delaying it.
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