POLITICS

2023: TINUBU’S CAMP JOLTED BY BODE GEORGE’S PRESIDENCY BID

There is unease in the camp of the National Leader of the
All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over
the presidential bid of the former Deputy National Chairman
of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode
George.
Tinubu is believed to be warming up to take a shot at the
presidency amidst agitation for the zoning of the position to
the South-West.
Already, many groups and supporters of Asiwaju in Lagos
have started mobilizing and canvassing support for the
presidential bid of their principal, a former governor of the
state.
Though Tinubu has not formally declared intention to
succeed President Muhammadu Buhari as he has
repeatedly said the time for 2023 electioneering is not ripe,
his supporters are going ahead with the Tinubu project. But
those advocating for Tinubu presidency are jolted by the
aspiration of George.
Indications emerged recently of George’s aspiration
following the floating of a political group which was
ostensibly a platform to kick off the Bode George’s project.
Findings by our correspondent indicated that the camp of
Tinubu views Bode George’s ambition with mixed feelings.
Though both are in different political parties, the reality that
another candidate is emerging early from the South-West
and Lagos in particular is being viewed seriously. An APC
source said, “We have no problem with Chief Bode George
declaring for the presidency.
But we expect him to rally round behind Tinubu who has
done a lot for the South-West and remains a rallying force
for the region in the present APC-led federal government.”
But another source in the PDP hinted that the Bode
George’s presidency fireworks would take a full swing by
month end.
“We are going to come out with a bang and take on the
issues with maturity and wisdom. This is a new order that
we are convinced would take Nigeria to the desired level.”
Speaking with Media yesterday, a former organising
secretary of the PDP in Lagos, Chief Mutiu Okunola, who
had since defected to the APC and a strong promoter of
Tinubu 2023, however, saw the aspiration of Bode George
as good for agitation for power rotation to the south-west.
According to him, he was convinced that Bode George
would see the need to step down for Tinubu. “Bode George
is an asset and not a threat.
Tinubu is younger than Bode George, he has won Lagos
before and he is still winning Lagos. Therefore, he is the
main person contesting for presidency in the south-west,”
said Okunola who is the coordinator and founder of Tinubu
2023 Not Negotiable (TNN

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