Bola Ahmed Tinubu should worry about how Mr. Tunde Bakare, a pastor and politician, is making some political moves ahead of the next presidential election. The top religion leader appears to be interested in the most powerful office in the country. And he is moving closer to it.
Pastor Tunde Bakare was at the presidential villa today and the president warmly welcomed him. Note that the two men (Bakare and Buhari) have been coming together for a long time and their meeting today could boost the popularity of the pastor. Recall that both Buhari and Bakare used to be presidential and vice presidential candidate respectively.
The APC national leader, Tinubu, needs to carefully study how Pastor Tunde Bakare may want to play his politics and how he may want to clinch the APC ticket. As at this moment, Bakare doesn't have any relationship with the People's Democratic Party (PDP). And if he will contest, it would be in the All Progressives Congress.
He has openly said that he will run for the office of the president if God and Nigerians want him to. Definitely, as a pastor, he will have faith that God would help him. And the statement he made should be enough for Tinubu to worry as far as the 2023 race is concerned.
One thing that can specifically give Bakare an edge over Tinubu is religion. When it comes to politics, Tinubu is smart, but religion may play some roles in the next race for the office of the president. The former Lagos State governor is a Muslim, whereas the APC may prefer a Christian from south.
So far, two presidents have come from north (the late Umar Yar'adua and President Muhammadu Buhari). They are both Muslims. Likewise, two southerners have led Nigeria since 1999 (Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan). They are both Christians. Hence, if south would produce a president again, it may be a Christian.
Apart from that, the fact that Buhari and Bakare have used a joint ticket before should be worrisome for Tinubu. Buhari doesn't forget his old friends and he knows that Bakare shares so much in the change mantra. Therefore, Tinubu should worry about the development.
Mathematically, Tinubu may stand above the popular cleric. However, politics is really dynamic and anything can take place at any moment. So, the national APC leader should be bothered as Tunde Bakare is moving on the political stage.
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