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Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by LegendHero(m): 4:49am On Aug 13, 2020
Tinubu, Aregbesola and South West politics
By Adewale Adeoye


In the last few weeks, the social media has been filled with speculations that a rift exists between two important figures in Yorbaland, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and his soul mate, Comrade Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola.

Cynical cheers, glee and a sense of remorse, in some instance have seized the cyber space. There are people who wish to see the two in a boxing ring. In fact, in many instances, the spectators have been obtaining tickets for what they imagine would be a political rumble in the jungle. I begin with an impressive chronological account in Yoruba bygone. It has to do with the glorious era of the old Oyo Empire, when she had a formidable army with over 100,000 in numerical strength, at a time that no force in the Sahara could measure up to her feet.

In the later part of the 15th century, there was a certain man in the palace of Oyo. His name was Okolo. Tutored in native wisdom, driven by timeless tradition to sit at the feet of the king, observe the (Oyo Mesi) Senate take decisions on crucial state matters, but never to be heard. He was a palace courtier, a leech who earned his living by defending every word of the Alaafin, either false or true. He was destined to be a tick, accustomed to living like the king’s extra-ordinary flatterer. One day, the Alaafin had addressed his Senate briefing them on reports from his Defense Minister (Aare Ona Kakanfo) as Oyo prepared to wage yet another battle. Detailing the highly confidential military tactics and strategy to be employed, releasing the training manual and the budget needed to wage the battle, Alaafin then closed his remarks. Surprisingly, Okolo who by tradition was not permitted to speak in the royal court, raised his hands for comments.

The leader of the parliament (Senate President) ordered him to shut up, charging at him “Ta ni mon Okolo l’oyo”meaning “who knows an insignificant Okolo, a wretched of the earth in this Republic.” The next few days, Okolo set a part of the palace ablaze. For the first time, Okolo gained fame, albeit a very loathsome one, but he became known nevertheless. It was not clear what punishment was meted out to Okolo, but the damage had been done, Okolo had proved to the world that he could make himself known even though he was previously a footnote.

This sums up the danger of what the people in the gallery could do to disrupt the stage where they are not the main actors but trivial spectators. There is a growing perception of a rift between two of the most dominant political figures in Yorubaland, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and his godson, Ogbenin Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola. This has been fueled by certain developments which the many ‘Okolos’, the spoilers within the political circle have tried vehemently to link with what they see as a brewing storm between the two soul mates. Why is the issue important to us? As indigenous people of the South West with a deep sense of history, we have always known that spectators have a devious way of igniting fire where there is none and could fuel the embers into a dangerous peril which may affect peace and stability of the dominion. Promoters of this cite the dissolution of the Mandate Group and the Justice Forum. The action has been described as a plot to cut the wings of Aregbesola in Lagos politics. To be sure, though the two groups are domicile in Lagos, members cut across the entire South West. The activities of members reverberate in and out of Lagos localities, making the two groups a resounding model for regional political transfiguration.

The other event was what they describe as the “missing name of Aregbeola” in the list of Governors Advisory Council, (GAC) in Lagos. Again, why are these issues important to us? Let us face it, all over history, there have been disputes that began as a minor disagreement between two people that later spiral into a mass conflagration, consuming the actors and then the spectators leaving only the bias referees to their glee. These developments are local but have far reaching regional and national implications. No serious people will ignore real or imagined dispute between some of her most outstanding political figures who are also co-captains in the most influential political party in their protectorate. However, the deliberate (mis) interpretation of these developments should be understood in content and form. There are forces feeding on the figments and realities.

There are three tendencies involved with different goals, not really the same in character. First is the politics of Lagos. No doubt, Comrade Aregbesola has a charm grip on the dynamics of Lagos electoral politics, not being his own creation alone, but courtesy of the responsibility placed on him as far back as 1999 by Asiwaju, backed by Aregbesola’s own power of insight and his knowledge of dialectics which enriches his understanding of Lagos political phenomenon. There is a small but vocal group in Lagos that wants to severe the Tinubu-Asiwaju almost blood-bound ties. They have overt reasons but a covert agenda. They argue that Tinubu may have been giving too much of influence to Aregbesola. But there is a covert game: to weaken Asiwaju’s technical strength and reduce his grandeur by cutting off a major of his roots making him more vulnerable to their concealed assault. In reality, it was not the first time non-party based groups were dissolved in Lagos. Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organisation, (BATCO) was dissolved. From all indications, the recent dissolution was by leadership consensus.

The other antagonists are equally within the APC and even beyond the party. Yet, a State governor in the North leads her own garrison, a plot. On his visit to Lagos few years ago, Kaduna State Governor, El Rufai called for an end to ‘godfatherism in Lagos’ teaching his audience on the tactics and strategies of how to defeat the “Lagos godfather.” He suggested raising some billions to fuel the project. If there is a godfather in Lagos politics, what does Mallam El Rufai stand to gain by being part of the group that seeks its destruction? Does it mean he loves the people of Lagos more than themselves? Only recently, during an event in Lagos involving Aregbesola, the same El Rufai said he does not admire Tinubu but that he has fallen in love with his godson. Literarily, he does not admire a king, but he loves his first son. There cannot be a posture as divisive. Let it be admitted. El Rufai is a typical Fulani intellectual: brilliant, intelligence, as calculating as a stealth tiger, surgical in manners of scrutiny and essentially primordial. What then is the gameplan? Simple: El Rufai appears to represent a tendency within the APC that is obsessed with strong regional power blocs different from that in the armpit of his camp, or any other one unless it is subservient to it. Outside his domain, El Rufai’s group detests an organized political structure that cannot be broken into pieces, but wants each isolated and weakened.

His tendency would love to determine the custodian of political treasures in each regional bloc, its shape, its content, its form. This caucus would love to determine the substance of political relationship across the country. I first met Tinubu in 1992 as a Correspondent with The Guardian. During the anti-June 12 struggle, I watched him closely. In 1999, I also had series of interviews with him while in The Punch. But I have never been intimate, not to the extent of calling or receiving his calls. Yet, I sum up his strength as fierce courage and indomitable will. He has weaknesses, like all humans. So, it is not that the El Rufai group hates Tinubu’s intimidating eyeballs, neither his mode of dressing, but rather detests his share courage, his lion-heart, his network of intelligence, to bestride over an intimidating political machine, his dexterity, his influence across the South West and even West Africa and beyond and the fact that the region cannot be accessed in piecemeal but in whole, and best through him.

Under the British, it was called ‘divide and rule.’ Having fired many arrows at Asiwaju, including taking the ladder off his feet, after his huge labour in the last two elections, the forces seek to varnish him not for want of love for the people he represents, but to viciously clear the strongest mortar, difficult to manipulate, to their establishing an unquestionable political garrison. So, it would be in the interest of the hegemony, to demolish what appears to be the most formidable political structure in the South West, supplant it and dissipate its strength. In doing this, having succeeded in creating two blocs in the SW, it will be necessary to strengthen their stronghold by first dismantling one before seeking the destruction of the other.

It was thought Aregbesola would be a pun. But this appears to be a huge blunder, for here is a man with a Marxist background, a dogged defender of his values whose most cherished quality is loyalty to friendship and his never-bend posture in matters of bond.

In all, it is all about the 2023 Presidential ambition. If any of the regional blocs in the South remain factionalised, bruised and broken, with each seeking salvation in the undoubtedly outside its zone, I foresee a situation whereby the North again will produce the 2023 Presidential candidate in the two most dominant political parties, APC and PDP. If the Southern elite genuinely want the Presidential trophy in 2023, only a unity of purpose, irrespective of their tendencies, within and outside party politics, can ever safe them from self-destruction. Even then seeking the trophy is not enough, Nigerians must be convinced that the next President of Nigeria will create a real paradigm shift from the past to build a status of democracy that cannot be demolished by the current whirlwinds of poverty, violence and threats to the livelihood of millions of Nigerians.

Source: https://guardian.ng/opinion/tinubu-aregbesola-and-south-west-politics/

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by Luggardhy: 5:06am On Aug 13, 2020
Asiwaju Jagaban!

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by Esseite: 5:25am On Aug 13, 2020
The only notable thing here is one reduced a state to a 91% debt to revenue, was able to install a stooge (a cousin to the other) while becoming a minister. while the other took his to over N1.2tr debt. With barely nothing to justify such debts, both are praised like the next best thing.

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by NGpatriot: 5:36am On Aug 13, 2020



"Our attention has, however, been drawn to a report in an online newspaper alleging that the GAC’s appropriate and candid resolution had worsened a phantom cold war between Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

"This is a figment of the imagination of the news organization that authored the report. Asiwaju Tinubu remains Ogbeni Aregbesola’s leader. The former governor of Osun State has been unswervingly and wholly committed to the progressive ideology of the Tinubu political family.


"There is no war, cold or hot, between them. There has never been and there will never be. Asiwaju believes in him and he believes in the APC leader.


- Ogbeni Aregbesola’



https://www.pulse.ng/news/politics/aregbesola-denies-fighting-tinubu/lyx6sqm



Case Closed.

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by olaric(m): 5:39am On Aug 13, 2020
Long may the war last.

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by helinues: 5:59am On Aug 13, 2020
cool

Yoruba's know how to settle their scores without throwing tantrum

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by Baawaa(m): 5:59am On Aug 13, 2020
They knows how they settle their matters

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by Topsic70: 6:01am On Aug 13, 2020
Very well spoken.
The elders say "omo eni kii buru ka fi fekun paje" .....,no matter how much headache ur child causes u, u don't hand him over as meal to the tiger.

"There is a small but vocal group in Lagos that wants to severe the Tinubu-Asiwaju almost blood-bound ties. They have overt reasons but a covert agenda. They argue that Tinubu may have been giving too much of influence to Aregbesola. But there is a covert game: to weaken Asiwaju’s technical strength and reduce his grandeur by cutting off a major of his roots making him more vulnerable to their concealed assault...."

Just hope d 21st century 'wale ademuleguns' are taking note!

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by hannysur8(m): 6:03am On Aug 13, 2020
Aregbe is too small for Jagaban

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by anonimi: 6:09am On Aug 13, 2020
Esseite:
The only notable thing here is one reduced a state to a 91% debt to revenue, yet became a minister. while the other took his to over N1.2tr. With barely nothing to justify such debts, both are praised like the next best thing.


www.nairaland.com/attachments/9951256_nigeriapoliticiansandthemasses156163128506959470576_jpeg2519ae8c9d88b19896a675b7b631a75c


www.nairaland.com/attachments/2174510_nigeriansmobmentality_jpegd710c25fa577a4f0fb35da579ff1eb3d

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by priceaction: 6:09am On Aug 13, 2020
My mind is telling me that this tinubu might pull a joker in the forth coming presidential election. If you know his pattern, he always shift attention to himself and finally pull a joker when there are lots of diversions and fights. He has been doing it in Lagos even during this last election.
I still believe that his camp may still settle for oshibajo after much fights here and there because they are still parley to themselves and oshibajo is still loyal to him and APC and oshibajo is never a puppet of tinubu, but loved by many. He did it during his nomination as VP too. Time will tell. Forget that dogara diversion. That's just distractions..

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by anonimi: 6:11am On Aug 13, 2020
helinues:
cool

Yoruba's know how to settle their scores without throwing tantrum

You obviously don't know how the Western region crisis contributed to the end of the 1st republic.

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by anonimi: 6:12am On Aug 13, 2020
priceaction:
My mind is telling me that this tinubu might pull a joker in the forth coming presidential election. If you know his pattern, he always shift attention to himself and finally pull a joker when there are lots of diversions and fights. He has been doing it in Lagos even during this last election.
I still believe that his camp may still settle for oshibajo after much fights here and there because they are still parley to themselves and oshibajo is still loyal to him and APC and oshibajo is never a puppet of tinubu, but loved by many. He did it during his nomination as VP too. Time will tell. Forget that dogara diversion. That's just distractions..

You are a good observer of our politics.
Bravo.

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by priceaction: 6:13am On Aug 13, 2020
anonimi:


You are a good observer of our politics.
Bravo.
Where you carry waka all these while tongue oga with plenty pictures grin grin.

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by gasparpisciotta: 6:13am On Aug 13, 2020
Nigeria needs a benevolent dictator.

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by helinues: 6:14am On Aug 13, 2020
anonimi:


You obviously don't know how the Western region crisis contributed to the end of the 1st republic.

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by anonimi: 6:14am On Aug 13, 2020
priceaction:
Where you carry waka all these while tongue oga with plenty pictures grin grin.

Long ban by the nairaland powers. wink

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by helinues: 6:15am On Aug 13, 2020
priceaction:

Where you carry waka all these while tongue oga with plenty pictures grin grin.

He has been hiding under the moniker Ruud....

If you no know.... grin

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by anonimi: 6:15am On Aug 13, 2020
gasparpisciotta:
Nigeria needs a benevolent dictator.

Are you so hopeless and helpless that you need someone else, like you, to dictate everything for you, including killing dissidents.


www.nairaland.com/attachments/3937451_fbimg1459994787349_jpeg6ee85fa6744937976d6d613bcf825b1a

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by anonimi: 6:17am On Aug 13, 2020
helinues:
He has been hiding under the moniker Ruud....

If you no know.... grin

Is it because that moniker peppers you also

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by seunmsg(m): 6:17am On Aug 13, 2020
Asiwaju and Ogbeni are matured enough to settle their differences if there is any. They are both very smart politically to know when not to allow outsiders come between them. That people like El-Rufai will try to create a wedge between them and destroy their political camp is not an issue because it’s allowed in politics. What will be an issue is if they allow the enemies to succeed in destroying them.

Tinubu himself is a master of the game. He has fought similar political wars over the last 20 years so he’s well experienced. Despite all that has been said and done, he’s still the leading candidate as far as APC is concerned.

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by helinues: 6:18am On Aug 13, 2020
anonimi:


Is that because that moniker peppers you also

The moniker that has been bursted, humbled and silenced.

Anonimi, the guy with plenty Buhari's pictures and news

grin cheesy

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by EagleNest(m): 6:30am On Aug 13, 2020
Both are close comrades and have run political things together for a long time. I don't see that loyalty cracking so soon.

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by gasparpisciotta: 6:35am On Aug 13, 2020
anonimi:


Are you so hopeless and helpless that you need someone else, like you, to dictate everything for you, including killing dissidents.


www.nairaland.com/attachments/3937451_fbimg1459994787349_jpeg6ee85fa6744937976d6d613bcf825b1a

Despite the inadequacies of dictatorship, democracy in Nigeria has proven to benefit only the political class.

Thomas Jefferson and co. laid the foundation of the modern day America.

Since the start of democracy in Nigeria what have we really achieved?
Successive governments have failed in Power, health, ordinary road projects we are battling to complete them.

I may be naive bro but I see differently

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by Nobody: 6:41am On Aug 13, 2020
Legendhero the best of all....

Baba, I twale u



Baba, the enemies, I mean the Okoros wage a war yesterday but God was with me..... I defeated the Okoros in their numbers gringrin

10000 Okoros are no match for me.. Even cownu bows at my feet gringrin

Cc: lzaa imhotep grin

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by anonimi: 6:45am On Aug 13, 2020
gasparpisciotta:
Despite the inadequacies of dictatorship, democracy in Nigeria has proven to benefit only the political class.
Thomas Jefferson and co. laid the foundation of the modern day America.
Since the start of democracy in Nigeria what have we really achieved?
Successive governments have failed in Power, health, ordinary road projects we are battling to complete them.
I may be naive bro but I see differently

Why do you expect a dictator to be any different than the looters we have had since 1960, wearing bubas/babanrigas or khakis

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by Nobody: 6:49am On Aug 13, 2020
helinues:
cool
Yoruba's know how to settle their scores without throwing tantrum
Yes we sabi..

Not like the Okoros grin..
Can sumone help me with nwaruike abi wetin be the Okoro name
He said sumtin like ipobs are the most fullish tribe in the world..

Can u help me with that pics

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by helinues: 6:51am On Aug 13, 2020
Pimpmaride:


Yes we sabi..


Not like the Okoros grin..

Can sumone help me with nwaruike abi wetin be the Okoro name

He said sumtin like ipobs are the most fullish tribe in the world..


Can u help me with that pics

grin cheesy wink

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by Nobody: 6:53am On Aug 13, 2020
helinues:

grin cheesy wink
Heli thank u very much

Sammy07, where are thou

I woke up smiling ooo

10000 Okoros can do me notin gringringringrin

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by Beremx(f): 6:55am On Aug 13, 2020
Wait for more political opponents from the SW once Tinubu declares his intention to run for Presidency. Some of them have started voicing out against his presidential ambition while some are making underground moves.

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Re: Tinubu, Aregbesola And South West Politics by Igbochief001(m): 7:00am On Aug 13, 2020
helinues:
cool

Yoruba's know how to settle their scores without throwing tantrum
Awolowo vs akintola
Obasanjo vs abiola
Obasanjo vs fayose
Obasanjo vs lodaja

Should I keep naming ?

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