In the light of Nigeria's progressive democratic system, 2023 general election is viewed as a golden opportunity for Nigerians to vote in the best leader in their interest. In this regard, the presidential race has kicked off with lots of politicians declaring their ambitions.
The former governor of Lagos State as well as the National chairman of APC, Bola Tinubu is one of the top political gurus in the country who have not yet shown their interest in contesting for 2023 presidential election despite all hopes expressed by their followers.
However, this article features to present what Tinubu's group planned to do to him if he fails to contest in the forthcoming general election in 2023 and why their plan is unconstitutional.
As gathered from a recent publication by Vanguard News, a group identified as Tinubu Support Organization (TSO) in Osun State have declared their intentions of ensuring that Tinubu will contest in 2023. Hence, they have disclosed plans of taking him to court if he refuses to come out and contest in the election.
Although, the group was patriotic about their ambition of having Tinubu in the presidential race, I wish to emphasize on the fact that their plans towards forcing Tinubu to contest even if he goes against his personal wish, is quite unconstitutional.
Generally, the constitution bestows on every sane adult citizen of the country the right to vote and be voted for, but the constitution does not demand that anyone should be forced to contest for a political position. Contesting for any political position is the sole responsibility and decision of the person involved. Permit me to assert that the provisions of Tinubu's fundamental human right places him in the best position to contest or not. Therefore, it is unconstitutional for TSO to take him to court if he does not want to contest in 2023.
Corollary to this, Bola Tinubu is a well experienced politician who knows the best political decision to take for himself at anytime. TSO should understand that his wealth of experience in politics is enough for him to proclaim his presidential ambition or remain silent.
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