It appears that Mr. Yahaya Bello is determined to clinch the All Progressives Congress ticket. He has not renounced his vision to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari. But he has to take two steps in order to outshine the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu often appears in every analysis on the 2023 race for the presidency. His name is always linked to the race and he may not be able to win the ticket of the political party if Mr. Yahaya Bello strategically takes the two steps which would be aimed at outsmarting or outshining the former Lagos State governor.
The Kogi State governor should liaise with the 19 northern governors. They can sternly insist that power should be retained by north. Although Tinubu has some friends among the northern governors, Bello can change their minds if he tells them two things.
He can convince the northern governors most especially those in the APC that the interest of north is to be protected at a time some southern governors are taking steps that would adversely affect northern region. Recall that Mr. Nyesom Wike has taken some steps to make sure that his state (Rivers) collects Valued Added Tax.
Likewise a number of southern governors has signed the anti open grazing bills into laws. Of course, the herdsmen would be affected and Bello can wittingly tell the northern governors and leaders to insist that power will be in north beyond 2023 so as to protect the herdsmen who are mainly from north. If he succeeds in convincing the governors, Tinubu would become helpless and Bello will emerge.
The second step is by ensuring that the next national chairman of the APC is from the southern region. Recall that since the removal of former national chairman Adams Oshiomole, the party has been under a caretaker committee.
Although APC leadership may want to favour north on the ground that the last elected chairman, Oshiomole, is from south. But Bello can argue that Mai Mala Buni has been heading the party for more than a year now. Therefore, power should be returned to southern region. It would be remembered that Buni was appointed as the caretaker committee chairman in June, 2020. He has now spent one year and three months in office.
Mr. Bello's argument may be accepted by northern elite in the APC. And they will start to campaign for a southern politician to emerge as the national chairman of the political party. Of course, if the National Executive Council of the party sees things this way, all hope would be lost for Tinubu.
The can be explained on the ground that it is not possible at all for the southern region to clinch both the national chairmanship and the presidential ticket. Therefore, Mr. Yahaya Bello should put his focus on the two things highlighted above and he will be on the verge of outshining Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
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