2023: Is Tinubu Finally Trapped? By Chuks Madueke 

Current reports indicate that the former governor of Lagos State, Jagaban Borgu, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu could be on his last lap of fighting for political survival.
Speculation is rife that the APC leader is being probed by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over allegations of multiple assets acquisition by the former governor.
The reports claim that EFCC had written to Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to furnish it with the former governor’s asset declaration forms.
Years after his two-term tenure as governor of Lagos State ended in 2007, allegations of financial impropriety, acquisition of government land and property had continued to trail the APC leader.
However, the former governor has been able to navigate through such political landmines laid for him in the past, even being exonerated previously by CCB when he appeared before it.
Perhaps, Asiwaju’s albatross could be when he ambitiously ventured into national politics, discarding the power he wielded and the attendant protection guaranteed by such regional politics he played variously under Alliance for Democracy (AD), Action Congress  (AC) and Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
According to political analysts, killing ACN and giving its soul to strange bedfellows to form the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) exposed Asiwaju’s greed, ambition and desperation.
It is believed that this miscalculation by the former governor was perhaps undoing for a politician who was reputed to be a deft political strategist.
However, as time rolled by, APC against all expectations, arguably turned out to be a failure in terms of offering quality leadership to the people, especially when the party won the 2015 presidential election based on perceived national umbrage against the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that was on the saddle for 16 years then.
Between 2015 and 2021, APC evidently became a house divided against itself with so many members leaving the party. The power tussle within the party is still evident and, consequently taking a toll on the structure and the progress of the party.
However, with his eyes subtly set on the highest office in the land, Tinubu’s sense organs could obviously have failed him.
No doubt, a lot of people had expected him to make a formidable declaration before the 2019 presidential election, especially in view of the fact that most of his appointees in the government had lost favour and patronage.
For instance, Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, apparently in Tinubu’s camp barely floated in government.  He lost out as a member of the government’s kitchen cabinet though he was often seen carrying out lesser assignments as designated by his principal.
Yet, Asiwaju tagged along, hoping for the best perhaps. His enemies also waited for the right time to undo him and his political fortress.
It is becoming clearer that those who are after him do not want him to contest for the presidency even though he was one of the main people who enthroned the current government.
Political analysts strongly believe that Tinubu should have drawn a great lesson from the experiences of those before him who could not stand the intrigues, characteristically defining the politics of the centre, especially against the kind of political alliances he cemented in APC.
That APC is a political conglomeration of not just strange bedfellows, but people who desperately had replaced whatever manifesto the party had with some ethno-religious sentiments and jingoism is no more news.
Yet, Asiwaju is not seeing the signs on the wall.  Perhaps, if those who are bent on dismantling his political profile and structure succeed, APC would have further proven that it holds no prisoners.
Perhaps the party would have also proven that it does not reward loyalty, especially by one who reputedly bankrolled and supported the party at the outset till date.
Perhaps Asiwaju would only learn his lessons then, especially appreciating the fact that a bird in hand is worth two in the bush. He would also realise then that he was better off as a regional tiger when he had more states under his influence than now where he is obviously scared of his shadows.
Obviously, the coming days is pregnant as the nation watches to see the outcome of the current probe allegedly instituted against the former governor.
With the recent attempt by Imo State government to tackle a former governor in the state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha over allegations of financial impropriety, converting government property and land grabbing while he was in the saddle, it seems that the stage is set for another former governor in the APC fold.
Yet, one big question that currently agitate minds ceaselessly, is if Jagaban is finally caged or is he going to replicate another escape just like the great magician, Houdini?


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