2023: Tinubu’s Allies Weigh Options As Anxiety Grows Over His Health
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The health of Bola Tinubu, a stalwart of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), features prominently in discussions centred on the 2023 general elections.
Although the former Lagos Governor is yet to publicly declare intention to run, his presidential ambition is not in doubt.
After the APC formation in 2013, the initial plan was for Tinubu to run with then retired General Muhammadu Buhari. This was dropped amid admonitions against a Muslim/Muslim ticket.
The rigid opposition led to the emergence of a Law Professor, Yemi Osinbajo as the running mate.
It is not a secret that Tinubu nominated the Vice President, whom he appointed and retained as Lagos Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice between 1999 and 2007.
Since July, the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) co-founder has been in the United Kingdom for treatment. He reportedly underwent another surgery.
President Buhari, who himself met with his doctors after the London summit, visited Tinubu on Thursday before his flight to Nigeria.
Bearing in mind Buhari’s medical history and that of a predecessor, the late Musa Yar’adua, Nigerians are wary of another “sick leader”.
Photos of Tinubu with his grandchildren, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Rep. James Faleke, and Buhari drew mixed reactions.
Whereas supporters of the Jagaban of Borgu say he is fine and will be fully fit in time for campaigns, opponents disagree.
They maintain that meetings, rallies, tours, among others demand physical strength, and advise the Third Republic Senator to rest and carry on as a kingmaker.
This week, a cleric, Gabriel Evans alleged that some influential Nigerians were “ganging up” against Tinubu and want him dead.
The leader of His Majesty Evangelical Ministry lamented that “personal ambition” has covered the eyes of individuals the politician made.
“They didn’t remember he was a monopolistic, undemocratic person when he selected them over others. Now, they are painting him in bad light. They are praying for his death…that he should not return to Nigeria”, Evans said