Opening Up About My Supposed Affair With Annie Idibia Affected My 9th Album”– Brymo

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Popular Singer Olawale Olofooro, popularly known as Brymo, has pointed out that addressing the rumoured sexual relationship with fellow singer, 2face’s wife, Annie Idibia, ‘created sudden hurt’ for the success of his 9th album.

Brymo discussed this in an interview with media personality Joey Akan on the latest episode of his Afro Intelligence podcast.

During the podcast, the 38-year-old said he tried to put up with the allegation for about two years before eventually taking the matter to the public.

The singer, however, said his decision to open up a few weeks after he released ‘9’, his ninth studio album, affected the success of the project.

Brymo noted that seeing his streams for the new album shrink over the allegation left him hurt at the time, even though it was imperative to shut down the rumour. He said:

“THERE’S ANOTHER CASE OF ME BEING ACCUSED OF SLEEPING WITH SOMEONE’S WIFE (ANNIE IDIBIA) AND THAT WAS HUGE. THAT WAS RIDICULOUS…OH MY GOD, I CARRIED THAT FOR MAYBE TWO YEARS AND JUST WENT ON TO ORGANISE CHAOS BECAUSE I COULDN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE.”

SURPRISINGLY, WE JUST DROPPED ‘9’ AND EVERYTHING WAS GOING FINE…THE FIRST WEEK (AFTER RELEASE) WE HAD MILLIONS OF STREAMS ON APPLE MUSIC AND IT WAS GOOD.

THEN, I TWEETED AND MY STREAMS WENT DOWN. THOUGH I TWEETED IT, I STILL FELT HURT. ADDRESSING IT CREATED SUDDEN HURT IN MY PROGRESS BUT IT WAS NECESSARY TO END IT THERE AND THEN. NOW THE STREAMS ARE GETTING BETTER AGAIN. I WAS BEING POLITICALLY INCORRECT TO BE CORRECT.”

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VIDEO: Trouble Looms As Brand Sponsor, Bobrisky Issue Threats To Oga Sabinus Over A Skit

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The controversial cross-dresser, Bobrisky, has joined a Brand sponsor in calling out Nigerian Skit-maker Chukwuemeka Ejekwu, popularly known as Oga Sabinus, for allegedly failing to deliver an advert which he was paid millions of naira for.

In a clip making the rounds on social media, the product owner, who is currently based abroad, dragged the skit maker and influencer online for failing to seek her approval for caption before posting the content.

According to reports, the advert, which was meant for a weight loss brand (weight loss by MMA) was said to have been delivered without approval from the sponsor.

The brand sponsor alleged that Sabinus used her money to create his own personal content, and then shared it online. She warned him to call her, so they discuss how he would refund back her money.

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Camps of unknown gunmen destroyed in Anambra

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Security agencies in Anambra State have reportedly busted nine camps belonging to ‘unknown gunmen’ in the Anambra South Senatorial District.
Nine shrines used by the hoodlums for oath-taking were also raided by the joint task force on security in the state.
A police source said natives who acted as informants to the hoodlums were also in detention and making useful statements.

Some areas raided by the task force included Aguluezechukwu in Aguata Local Government Area; Ebenato community in Nnewi South LGA; Ezinifite community also in Nnewi South LGA; and Ichi, in Ekwusigo LGA.

Other areas include part of Osumoghu, Lilu and some parts of Ukpor in Nnewi South and Ihiala LGAs.
The source said most native doctors had fled from their homes because some of their colleagues who were arrested had been providing names of those involved in killings and kidnappings in the state.

The Anambra Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said it was too early to begin to count the successes in the war against terror in the state.

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Gone are the days when northern leaders were naive

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There was a time when northern leaders were stupid. I am talking about the days before the May 1953 riots in Kano and the days after. Oh, they were so stupid that I am sure they would be ashamed of themselves when they look back.

Here is a summary of what happened. This is for their children and grandchildren who were not there and were not taught the history of those terrible days.

By May 1953, southern leaders were ready for Nigeria to be an independent nation. They were pushing for a three-year plan that would have granted Nigeria independence in 1956, one year before Ghana. The only problem was that the leaders of the north felt they were not ready. The north feared that the south would dominate the new nation. As a result, the north argued for a delay. They believed that if given a few years, they would catch up with the number of northerners who went to school and were qualified to participate fully in the running of Nigeria. At that time, the north did not need affirmative actions like catchment areas, federal character, or disadvantaged states, to be at par with the south. To them, those were symbols and symptoms of a society that embraced mediocrity. Idan angulu ta biya maka maradi, zabuwa ta tafi da zanenta.

That was the mood of the country when on March 31, 1953, headstrong Anthony Enahoro moved the motion for Britain to grant Nigeria independence by 1956. Enahoro did not say it on the pages of the newspaper. He moved the motion in the federal parliament in Lagos. What audacity!

Immediately, the Yoruba and Igbo people in Action Group and the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) joined him. All rascals. They were just excited, like a man who just got married and could not wait for the reception to end before going to the oza room with his new wife. The leaders of the north, in their wisdom, asked what the rush was. They knew that a temporary hunger would not kill a person. The honourable gentleman Ahmadu Bello came up with a brilliant compromise. He said that the Enahoro bill should say self-government “as soon as possible” and not “in the year 1956.”

But trust the southern leaders, they put their foot down. They said it must be 1956 or nothing. Some even sang, “Give us 1956 or give us death.” It led to all parties walking out of parliament, leaving the British colonial people in the cold, scratching their heads.

Talking of clowns, northern leaders got insulted by Lagos loutish crowds on the way home. Northern leaders returned to Kaduna and issued a strong statement. It was nothing like the watered-down statements that Hakeem Baba-Ahmed issues these days. In their 1953 statement from the towers of Lugard Hall in Kaduna, northern leaders listed eight points that the southern leaders must meet before their return to Lagos.

The northern leaders were ready to leave the country for all intents and purposes. That was a stark contrast to the nonsense threat we get in this era from the likes of Yerima Shetima, whose only power is to now give an ultimatum to people from other parts of the country to leave northern Nigeria. The real power lies in taking yourself out of unpleasant situations and not kicking people out of your immediate environment. That is how you know a real man.

Anyway, southern ignoramus like Samuel Akintola refused to smell the sweet scent of faeces. He and other pro-independence ruffians took their campaign for independence to the north. Imagine Nyesom Wike and Rotimi Akeredolu in Sokoto campaigning for the state police or a right to build their own power grid for their region. Yeah, something like that. Talk about taking the ball to the 18-yard box of your opponent who is already agitated and down on the scoreboard.

That was how the riot of 1953 started.

On May 15, 1953, supporters of the Northern People’s Party (NPC) had a demonstration to tell Akintola and co that they did not appreciate seeing them stand in their front and count their nine fingers. It was just a very simple statement of fact.

The next day, Saturday, May 16, 1953, Kano Native Authority withdrew the permission initially given to Akintola and his group of rascals to have their meeting at Colonial Hotel, Kano. Because the authorities in Kano withdrew their permission, placid mobs had no option but to throw stones at Akintola and his fellow traitors in the hotel just to flush them out. Nothing more. Of course, ruwa bas u tsami banza, water does not become sour without a cause.

As with stuff like this, one thing led to another and two southerners died. And the imperturbable mobs saw that it was sweet. They moved on to Sabon Gari to flush out other radical sympathisers who were pretending to be minding their own business as if they were not engaged in WhatsApp conversations with Akintola and his fellow clowns.

By Sunday the 17th, it had become a full-scale inter-ethnic crisis. Who could have imagined that? The mobs chanted anti-Yoruba songs as they went on a rampage, but soon they remembered the Igbo and attacked them. The military was called up to help quell the crisis. By the time it was over, 46 people, mostly southerners, were dead.

The day after the riot, the British colonial government imposed a state of emergency in Northern Nigeria before they regained control of the situation. The British administrative officers also conducted a probe. At the end of the probe, the statement they issued said, “No amount of provocation, short-term or long-term, can in any way justify their behaviour…the seeds of the trouble which broke out in Kano on May 16 [1953] have their counterparts still in the ground. It could happen again, and only a realisation and acceptance of the underlying causes can remove the danger of recurrence.”

Who could have known that those British people have been noisemakers for so long? The danger of recurrence? What crystal ball showed them that?

After the riot, the honourable Ahmadu Bello and the northern leaders in NPC issued another list of demands. This time, they gave the list as conditions for them to return to the useless Federal Parliament in Lagos. Please, don’t confuse this Lagos Federal Parliament with Ahmed Lawan-led majestic National Assembly in Abuja today. One is a bunch of zombies sucking the blood of Nigeria. The other one is Enaharo’s parliament.

In the northern leaders’ demands were safeguards that gave autonomy to each region. The negotiation for the unity of Nigeria went so well that the honourable Ahmadu Bello was comfortable staying in the north as the premier while he sent his protégé, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, to Lagos to be the Prime Minister.

Those were the days when the leaders of the north were stupid. They negotiated for Nigeria’s unity and got regional autonomy for themselves and others. It is akin to them negotiating today for a proper federation that would reduce the power of the centre and allow the geo-political zones to stand on their own. It is a kind of negotiation that can give some zones in the north a work-free day on Fridays and a resumption of the workday on Sundays. In such a negotiation, each zone will build its own power grid, choose its own language of instruction in schools, and derogatory terms like federal character and disadvantaged states will be discarded as each geo-political zone will decide its destiny and the pace at which it wants to get there.

I tell you, those old leaders of the north believed that mu dai beran rami d’aya, in ba a gama a shiga ba, a gama a fita, we the mice come out of one hole, we either meet going in or we meet going out. That was an old conventional wisdom. They were squeamish about ignoring the hush-hush but didn’t want to do anything to amplify it or turn it into a clarion call for confrontation. Sissies, they are – all of those “as soon as possible” apostles.

Who does something like that when you can control the whole country and lord it over them as long as possible?

Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo teaches Post-Colonial African History at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is also the host of Dr. Damages Show. His books include “This American Life Sef”, “Children of a Retired God,” among others.

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Tinubu and Osinbajo: The true story of how they met – Bayo Onanuga

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I never wanted to write this story, but I was inspired to do so today, following Buba Galadima’s interview with the Punch on Monday. Buba struck a chord when he spoke about the issue of trust in the relationship between Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
You think Osinbajo should have given up his presidential ambition for loyalty to Tinubu?, Buba was asked.
He replied: “If he doesn’t, can you now trust him? If you look at how Osinbajo came with Tinubu, and he’s now contesting against Tinubu who brought him, how safe would you be to work with such a person?
“If the man who did all this to someone who made him commissioner, made him this, made him that and he is now fighting him. You will now want to fight for him now, what would be your status later in life with him?”.

Just like Buba, I feel strongly that Osinbajo has grossly violated the trust that ordinarily should exist between him and Tinubu.
Contrary to the stories on social media, I was the one God used to bring Osinbajo into Tinubu’s circle in January 1999.
Tinubu had just won the election as governor of Lagos State and days after, we met on the 6th floor of Kresta Laurel at Maryland, which Otunba Gbenga Daniel donated for our use. On this day, Tinubu shared with us some ‘certain’ appointments he intended to make. Those who were at the meeting were Otunba Daniel, Dele Alake and I. Tinubu sat at the head of the table as he said he would make Rafiu Tinubu the Lagos State Head of Service. We argued over this and he justified the planned appointment by saying that Rafiu, who is now late, was a senior permanent secretary in the Lagos Civil Service.

“Attorney-General will be Bayo Oriola”, Tinubu said.
I shot back and said: ” I have a better person for you”, my exact words. Tinubu was startled by my interjection.
“Who is that,” he asked.
“He is a Law Professor and the man who drafted our company’s MOU. He crafted it in a brilliant way that protected us from the founding partners. Without this, the other shareholders would have thrown us out”, I explained.
I also said Osinbajo had worked with Prince Bola Ajibola, who was the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice under President Babangida.
Dele and Otunba Daniel did not oppose my nomination, surprisingly. Tinubu also appeared eager to meet the “wonder lawyer” that I have just sold to him, to replace a man, who had served as the lawyer to the campaign.

“Go and bring him”, Tinubu said.
Before the meeting ended, Tinubu also settled on his nominee for Information Ministry. It was to be Dele Alake and I said I would return to my office to continue journalism.
After the meeting, I went to Osinbajo’s house in Ogudu to invite him to meet the new governor, Bola Tinubu. I remember entering the apartment from the kitchen. The wife was there when I delivered the message and left the house with him, later.
I have never published this story before and hereby want to apologise to my namesake Bayo Oriola, for blocking what should have rightly been his entitlement, going by the role he played during the campaign. I hope Oriola would have the heart to forgive me.

This event happened 23 years ago. Thus a few days ago, I asked Alake to fill the memory gap. Here is what he sent to me from the U.S.
“I remember that day very well. I had actually mentioned Jebby ( Osinbajo’s nickname) to Asiwaju before that meeting. He said we’ll see. You can ask Asiwaju himself. Which was why I didn’t object when you mentioned him at the meeting because it reinforced what I had told him.
“My mentioning Jebby’s name was solely because we were classmates in Igbobi college – same classroom, together with Tunde Fowler, Ade Ashekun, (the one he made ambassador to Canada) and Tunde Durosinmi Etti, former Commissioner under Ambode. Jebby and I were also attending the same church, Baptist Sheperd Hill Obanikoro, and his father’s house in Obanikoro not far from my dad’s house in Pedro road at the back of the church.
“After you mentioned his name that day , Asiwaju still asked Gbenga Daniel again and Gbenga also okayed him.
” Asiwaju knows all these. You were the one that mentioned him openly at the meeting while I had mentioned him a day or two before in private and Asiwaju again confirmed his name from Daniel.

“When Asiwaju told me he also asked about him from Daniel I then told him that Daniel, myself and yourself were contemporaries in UNILAG and he laughed that we were doing Akoka solidarity”.
Looking back now, did I regret what I did in January 1999. Yes, I would say I have some regret, especially since my action hurt Bayo Oriola. And my apology to Oriola once again. I could not have foreseen today’s turn of events between Tinubu and Osinbajo, who I nominated to be justice commissioner.

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Nigeria Govt no dey work again.

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All these senseless deaths and killings, and the fact that practically nothing is working in this country, are symptoms of the FAILURE OF STATE-CRAFT. In simple pidgin English, Govt no dey work again.
And the only practical solution is for all of us to convert all this righteous anger toward voting in a responsible Govt at the federal, state and local levels.
WITH THE NEW ELECTORAL ACT, THIS IS DOABLE.
Anyone offering you any other solution aside from this is simply taking you on a long emotional voyage to nowhere. That Buhari has been able to mess up our lives the way he likes for the past 7 years is because he has the power of Govt.
After the power of God, Political Power is the second most powerful power anywhere in the world.
Every nation, every group, and every organization rises and falls on LEADERSHIP. To this end, I appeal to you, in the name of all that you hold dear,
GO OUT TOMORROW AND GET YOUR PVC (Permanent Voters Card). Your lives for the next 8 years actually depend on that PVC and the choice you make with it.
If you are a social media person reading me right about now, I urge you to volunteer at an INEC centre near you to help make the process go smooth as well as protect people from greedy and unscrupulous INEC staff members who might want to frustrate them.
I will be at Okpara Square, Enugwu tomorrow morning from 9 am with other volunteers from Enugwu to ensure the exercise goes smooth. If you encounter any MAN-MADE challenges while trying to register for your PVC tomorrow at Okpara Square, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. We have other sensitization programs which we will be unveiling soon towards getting people to go get their PVC. We intend to get all the major markets, supermarkets and restaurants on how to put a big notice sensitizing people about the need to go get the PVC. This is purely our voluntary contribution towards saving ourselves from the ugly situation in which we found ourselves.
YOU, too, SHOULD GET INVOLVED IN YOUR AREA AND START USING WHATEVER MEANS TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GO GET THEIR PVC.
The low number of registered voters in the southeast is quite troubling. But we can change this ugly story.
Aside from voting in a credible Govt at the centre, we also owe it to ourselves to pay more attention to the calibre of people we vote in to manage our home front (state and local Govt plus the national and local houses of parliament).
The 2023 election is one election that will determine whether we l!ve or we die, and I mean this literally. If we get it wrong, we are doomed. If we get it right, we may yet be redeemed from this impending army of the dead.
Many of you may not realize it, but the root cause of MOST of the problems we’ve been battling with stems from having absolute idiots manage our destinies at the state level, which gives them the power to influence who manages the local Govt offices which are closest to the people.
Let me take my own Southeast for example; so many Igbo youths have complained that our governors do not have our interests at heart. They failed to create a regional security outfit when we all wailed and cried for one. Ironically, we take no action in changing these governors when opportunities present themselves. Not only are they about finishing their tenures, but they are also about installing their successors BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS. With the new electoral Act which drastically reduces the chances of rigging, the chances of our votes counting have gone higher.
And let me touch on the big elephant in the room; some Biafra agitators say they want no part in anything election. Good! The problem is, you stand absolutely no chance at getting an independent Biafra Nation without participating in the political process because all through history, no people have ever extricated a new Nation from an existing one without following either the POLITICAL PROCESS or WAR. There is actually no 3rd option. You must have some form of political control over the region you are seeking secession for. And the fact that you don’t control even an ordinary councillorship seat anywhere in “BiafraLand” is a FUNDAMENTAL problem.
It’s not just enough to shout that you want Biafra, you must have a practical plan as to HOW you intend to get Biafra. You must be willing to go through the Political Process unless you have the means to subdue the Nigerian state MILITARILY, which remains doubtful as of today.
So in the end, you actually need to go get your PVC. Even your referendum is a Political Process that may require the PVC.

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Ruling APC Chairman, Adamu Announces Senate President, Lawan As Presidential Consensus Candidate

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced Senate President Ahmed Lawan as the consensus presidential candidate of the party.

Adamu made the announcement at the meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) on Monday in Abuja.

His adoption of Lawan as a consensus candidate is against the position of 11 APC northern Governors, who endorsed that power must shift to the South after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure.

Adamu told the National Working Committee that he arrived at the choice of the Senate President after consultation with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Earlier, Buhari was reported to have held a closed-door meeting with governors of the All Progressives Congress, APC, from the north at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

This comes amid preparations for the party’s convention to elect its presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections.

Although President Buhari has maintained his position on the consensus arrangement, there has not been any agreement among the 23 presidential aspirants.

The governors in attendance were Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum and governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, chairman of Northern governors Forum and governors of Plateau State, Simeon Lalong, Abubakar Baduru (Jigawa) and Babagana Zulum (Borno).

Others were; Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), Bello Matawale (Zamfara), Mallam Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Yahaya Inuwa (Gombe), Abubakar Bello (Niger), and the Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni.

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Boris Johnson survives no-confidence vote, but is left politically wounded.

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LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a dramatic no-confidence vote on Monday, a too-close-for-comfort result that leaves him badly wounded and sets off a volatile period in British politics as he fights to stay in power and fend off potential challengers in his Conservative Party.

The vote, 211 to 148, fell short of the simple majority of Tory lawmakers needed to oust Mr. Johnson as party leader. But it laid bare how badly his support has hemorrhaged since last year, when a scandal erupted over reports that he and his aides threw parties at 10 Downing Street that violated the government’s lockdown rules.

Mr. Johnson vowed to stay on, arguing before the vote that it should put an end to months of speculation about his future. In an address to party members as they prepared to cast their ballots, he urged them to avoid a “pointless fratricidal debate about the future of the party.’’

“I will lead you to victory again and the winners will be the people of this country,” he pledged, according to excerpts from the text released by a party official.

History shows, however, that Conservative prime ministers who have been subjected to such a vote — even when they win it — are usually drummed out of office, if not immediately then in a few months.

For Mr. Johnson, who led the Conservatives to a landslide election victory in 2019 with the promise to “get Brexit done,” it was a vertiginous fall from grace.

In less than three years, he went from Britain’s most reliable vote-getter — a celebrity politician who redrew the country’s political map — to a scandal-scarred figure whose job has been in peril since the first reports of illicit lockdown parties emerged last November.

As Britons paid tribute to the queen’s 70 years of service last week, they were turning against the brief, chaotic tenure of their prime minister. On Friday, Mr. Johnson was booed by the crowd at St. Paul’s Cathedral when he and his wife, Carrie, attended a thanksgiving service for Queen Elizabeth II.

That moment may have crystallized the loss of public support for Mr. Johnson, an ethically flexible journalist-turned-politician whose peccadilloes were forgiven more often than not by a charmed public.

Still, for now, Mr. Johnson remains in power and the odds of removing him depend on several wild cards.

Will his Cabinet rebel against him, as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s did in 1990, precipitating her swift resignation, even after she survived a vote challenging her leadership?

Will the party threaten to change its rules to hold a second no-confidence vote, as it did in 2019 after Prime Minister Theresa May prevailed in the first vote? That persuaded her to negotiate her exit six months later.

Will Mr. Johnson gamble by calling an early general election, seeking a mandate from the public that he could not get from his party?

In 1995, John Major triggered, and won, a no-confidence vote, only to go down to a crushing defeat to Tony Blair and the Labour Party two years later. Given Britain’s economic woes and the Conservative Party’s weakness in the polls, some Tories fear a similar outcome this time.

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Tinubu’s Strategic Outburst, Buhari’s Undoing

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The media space was awash with the video clips of the vituperation of one of the frontline presidential aspirants of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu pooh-poohing President Buhari.

Tinubu who was in Ogun State continued his consultation with party leaders and delegates to seek their support at the National Convention of the party in Abuja.

 

While speaking in his native Yoruba language, the former National Leader of APC who was visibly angry recalled how he had helped enthrone Buhari as President after three failed attempts at the polls. He further told a bewildered audience that the President was seen weeping on National Television.

 

While some persons particularly the leadership of the APC at the centre and some leaders of the party of the Northern extraction took a swipe at Tinubu for his unguarded, demeaning statements, some others who are close associates of the Lagos strongman rose in his defence.

Although Tinubu is said to have recanted his widely publicized statement, it is surprising that the President’s aides have not uttered a word in response.

 

The crux of my article is the undertone of the venomous attack, even if it is laced with some truth. Tinubu did not unconsciously fire the shot. It was a well-calculated onslaught against Buhari. His reason stems from Buhari’s statement when he met with the Progressive Governors of APC, over the search for the party’s flag bearer for the presidential ticket. Buhari had sought “reciprocity” from the governors whom he said had earlier chosen their successors and in some cases, obtained the party’s ticket for a second tenure. The signal was clear that Buhari was poised to influence the choice of who flies the party’s flag.

 

This position did not go down well with Tinubu’s camp which believes that the President may not favour their principal.The bottled-up anger forced Tinubu to unleash his hidden thoughts of how he is expecting payback from Buhari for ensuring he fulfilled his ambition to become the Nigerian President after several attempts. It was a subtle force majeure to stop Buhari from going against an existing ‘ ‘contract’ albeit without a binding document.

 

Buhari who had indicated a few months back that he has his candidate who would become his successor seemed to have backtracked after Tinubu’s outburst. There were insinuations before this time that the former military Head of State would endorse one of these three: Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Emeka Nwajiuba and Ogbonnaya Onu. Amaechi seemed to have been mostly favoured considering his exceptional courage in helping Buhari win the ticket of the party in 2014 when Abubakar Atiku and Rabiu Kwakwanso were both tipped and supported by Tinubu. Amaechi it was thought would have been Buhari’s running mate but the President asked Tinubu to choose the Vice President, to curtail the fallout from the primaries where Tinubu felt crushed by Amaechi who had not long joined the party from a faction of the ruling PDP, known as the nPDP.

 

It was no wonder Buhari sustained his winning streaks by maintaining Amaechi as the Director-General of his campaign, back to back. Amaechi since being appointed as Transportation Minister has not only proved his mettle as an experienced administrator but has further given the government a face and the party, reasons to campaign for the next election.

 

Ogbonnaya Onu and Emeka Nwajiuba may not have any visible significant contributions toward the actualization of the APC manifesto but they have been close allies of Buhari. They form part of his kitchen cabinet having followed him from his political sojourn through APP to ANPP to CPC and APC.

 

It is not in doubt that the battle would have been between an older Tinubu and a younger Amaechi.

 

The strategy to withhold Buhari’s endorsement of his own choice seems to have favoured the Tinubu group as the President has asked the party and the aspirants to continue the search for a consensus candidate or at least trim down the list of aspirants to three.

 

While some believe that Amaechi would emerge through a consensus arrangement largely influenced by the President, and Tinubu would succeed at a delegate election due to the number of Governors supporting his ambition, the President still has a constitutional and moral burden to ensure that he contributes to the success of a candidate of his choice if he has run a check on all of them based on the state of the nation.

 

It is not likely that any one of them would have a perfect rating but there are essential parameters that any candidate beyond just being favoured to win, must possess.

 

Whatever the dynamics that play out, the simple truth is that Buhari has to prove his ‘blackmailers’ wrong or go down in history as one who succumbed to the antics of his mockers.

 

Christie Oby Ndukwe is a political analyst based in Abuja

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