By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
A chieftain of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Olusegun Bamgbose, yesterday cautioned national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, against contesting the presidential election slated for 2023.
Revealing his mind over the moves and underground mobilisation by Tinubu loyalists to secure support for his impending declaration, Bamgbose observed that though the former Lagos Governor has not publicly declared his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election, his ‘body language’ clearly indicate that he is interested in throwing his hat in the ring.
Recall that few days ago, the Speakers of the Lagos Houses of Assembly, both past and incumbent, endorsed the former Governor, while there have been other endorsements in the recent past.
While urging Tinubu not to fall into the temptation of being lured into the contest, Bamgbose said “The fact remains that Tinubu could be said to be the most favoured politician in this century. He has been an unusual kingmaker.”
The SAN who addressed members of the NNPP in Aba, Abia State on Tuesday, said “I doubt if there is any politician that can match his records politically. He was Governor of Lagos State for eight years.
“After his tenure, he had the privilege to install Fashola who equally spent 8 uninterrupted years as Governor of Lagos State.
“After the tenure of Fashola, he was also privileged to install Ambode and even the present State Governor of Lagos State.
“Apart from installing Governors of some other South-West states, he also had the unparalleled favour of bringing on board the President of Nigeria, Mohammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
“No politician in the history of Nigeria had had such historic privileges. The one million question begging for the answer then is,’ what else does Tinubu still want’ Believe you mean, God who has bestowed on him such uncommon favour, may not be pleased with him if he goes ahead to contest.
“The Lord has honoured and dignified him as a kingmaker, now he wants to become king, I seriously doubt if it will work out for him.
“The late MKO Abiola had a similar case and he couldn’t make it. I’ll therefore warn Tinubu with all sincerity not to displease God by making attempts to become the next President of Nigeria.
“I doubt if God will allow that. He should sit back and thank God for the uncommon privileges he has bestowed on him, rather than planning to be the next President of Nigeria. To before warned, is to before armed. A word is enough for the wise.”