Tinubu Doles Out Millions To Kick Off 2023 Presidential Bid
ABUJA – Joy Chukwu
Former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reportedly sent N100m to each of the 6 geopolitical zones through his coordinators as part of mobilization for logistics to kick off skeletal work for his Presidential bid.
Asiwaju Tinubu is not leaving any chances in scaling up his campaign, after getting a wind of the plan of his protege, Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo of nursing Presidential ambition in 2023.
We learnt that Tinubu will start serious funding of his campaign structures across the country when the coast becomes clearer for him to clinch the ticket under APC, else, alternative will be activated, the alternative which includes running on another platform, that is the main reason he is starting the building of a mirror structure on time in case APC failed, so that he can use his nation wide alternative structures to kick off.
Investigator says that Lagos State government under Sanwoolu has not been able to carry out major projects since assuming office in May 29 because funds meant for the development of the State may have been mopped up for the Presidential ambition of Asiwaju Tinubu, the godfather of the governor, causing slowness of his administration.
We also learnt that Sanwoolu is threading with caution, not to offend Tinubu like Ex Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, as information within Lagos APC suggests that he (Sanwoolu) may only run for one term, while Tinubu’s son Seyi Tinubu may likely take over from Sanwoolu in 2023 in case all roads becomes blocked that Tinubu cannot make it at Presidential election, to at least compensate him.
Vice President Osinbajo has come under serious and strategic attacks from those he called fifth columnist, working to undermine the work of President Buhari which he is also a prominent actor.
A chieftain of the APC accused VP Osinbajo of pilling up funds through agencies under him for his Presidential campaign ahead of 2023, in the same vein called Osinbajo President of “Yahoo Boys”, Osinbajo has been going from one state to another,sharing N10,000 to market women and traders in what they branded as TraderMoni and MarketMoni, but that Osinbajo cannot account for all the money assigned to him for the assignment.
President Buhari last week puts together another economic team different from the one being managed by Osinbajo, some agencies under him were also recovered and handed over to others, but Osinbajo aides have been in the media making frantic effort to defend him.
Comrade Timi Frank, a former chieftain of the APC alleged that Osinbajo received N90billion from FIRS under Babatunde Fowler for strategic use in the six South West States prior to the 2019 elections. A Presidential source hinted that Osinbajo could not account for how the funds was appropriated. Osinbajo, a Pastor in RCCG could not wash off his hands from the allegation publicly.
When Senator Bola Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande reportedly met with Buhari at the Presidential villa, they both took divergent stands when required to prevail on Osinbajo to step down. While Akande opposed VP stepping down, Tinubu was of the opinion that Osinbajo should step down if found wanting, this stand or tone may not be unconnected to his Presidential ambition.
Since series of information began to hit the public on the names of the people in the Presidential race, Tinubu has come under serious tension, which has caused him to start immediate funding of his men in all the geopolitical zones to start work, the first funding was meant to set up structures, while the main funding is being expected any moment.
Tinubu’s number one challenger within APC, Nasir Elrufai who is of the opinion that APC should jettison zoning or rotation, is arguing that the North should retain power in 2023, Tweeted this in what he called SATURDAY WISDOM: “The moment the masquerade begins to think he is the God, the masquerade will be unmasked and reduced to be a laughing stock that is lower than a human being.” – Yoruba Proverb.
Tongues have been wagging over who the Governor of Kaduna was referring to, and why he chose to use Yoruba Proverb, maybe to appropriately point to the direction of the owner of his tweet.
As Tinubu, Elrufai and Oshiomole’s campaign posters flooded the streets, just when the second term of President Buhari is not even up to one year, the drama keeps unfolding within APC, on the other hand, PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his party are headed to the Supreme Court to challenge the verdict of the appeal court which affirmed Buhari as the winner.
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