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Tinubu deliberately didn’t breed intellectuals or upwardly mobile elite youths in Lagos but built his power base on illiterate market women, traders, bus drivers and someone like K1.

To be fair: It’s his prerogative but it’s also our prerogative to be disgusted by it and him.
Initially, Tinubu has the likes of Femi Pedro from the corporate sector, Moses Opeyemi Bamidele, Segun Maiyegun and a host of young students unionists around him but they asked too many questions and had aspirations.

He chucked them all off and rebuilt with MC Oluomo types.
Those ones won’t question him or have aspirations.

K1 wanted to be a Senator before 2015 and Tinubu asked rhetorically “se igbe ni won nke mbe ni?” - is it noise (music) they make there?

Those are the people he surrounds himself with and subservient half-intellectuals.
And I think it’s important for us to have this convos now and not build this democracy on the spurious idea that Winning is what makes a great political leader - cos it’s not.

Awolowo never won a single election but Yorubas have never had a political leader like him, never ever.
Political Leadership isn’t only about ability to win elections.

I hope one day soon I can do a proper Tinubu analysis, not necessarily to denigrate him but to reset the standard for future political leadership away from this idea of “so long as he’s winning Lagos” foolishness.
A state where a NURTW chairman from Alimosho can say to the Governor in Yoruba:

“Did Leader tell you he has handed over to you? Asiwaju should I slap him so that he’ll know you didn’t hand over to him?”

PS: I don’t know the state o, me I’m just saying but if you know, you know.
Alausa around 2003: you had FIG Maximum Shishi, Baglo and other ideological students unionists.

All of them eventually left - Baglo even joined PDP I think.

Today isn’t the day sha - I’m trying to soak up and enter the mode for #OsunDecides2018 - let me leave Lagos for now.
Their Asiwaju is just an Adedibu with Lagos exposure - even Adedibu wasn’t intimidated by brilliance and would respect it so long as you respected his own strength with the grassroots too.

Even Chris Uba knows his limits and doesn’t aspire for office - not today sha...
Lagos is the only state in the SW where general elections are concluded once Tinubu chooses a candidate - how is that even logical with a state that claims to be most sophisticated among all SW states?

Something should tell you something is wrong somewhere with Lagos.
And PDP Lagos - half of our leaders are on Bourdillon payroll, I can place a large wager on it.

Someone at a party meeting telling you to refer not to say someone’s name but to call him Asiwaju -

Asiwaju of who? Where and How nau?

He got dragged last last sha, but Osun pls...
A state of over 20m residents and well over 6m voters but only less than 2m vote in elections - yet, PDP can’t alter the dynamics.

Tinubu plays “machine politics” (google the meaning pls) and it’s pedestrian.

Let my generation come into politics first then you’ll see POLITICS.

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Oct 9, 2018
I should say this to all Igbos whom I feel have been forced by historical and recent events to take a position of “We don’t care about Power” in their own country:

If Power in any Nation is not something some parts of that Nation can aspire to, then it’s not a true Nation.
The office of VP is for Nigerians and if Igbos are indeed a part of Nigeria, then they should aspire to it boldly, openly and unapologetically.

If they cannot do it openly because some APC e-diots will come and say rubbish, some of us will do it for Nigeria - not just for Igbos.
If an Igbo isn’t in the highest power dynamics of Nigeria after 2019, then our claims to Nationhood will be sorely tested.

Nnamdi Kanu was active under PDP Govts but seeing Anyim as FG and the E in GEJ meaning Ebelechukwu helped PDP to hold Nation Nigeria.

This is about Nigeria
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Oct 9, 2018
So we just did this and my argument for an Igbo running mate for Atiku hinges on three things: Strategy, Reward to Achieve Higher Performance and Nationalism.

Let me start from the last: PDP cannot successfully claim to be a Nationalist party if SE doesn’t get VP - simple.
On strategy - we had 3 main thrusts from 2015 when PDP lost: a) Expose APC for failure b) Choose a Fulani Candidate to challenge Buhari in his base and c) Choose an Igbo running mate to turn out higher numbers than 2015 from the SE, like it did in 2011.

We’ve done a,b; now do c.
After Kano results came in and PDP lost woefully, I looked at 2011 figures and still felt confident that PDP would win.

If the SE had given us same figures in 2015 as it had in 2011, GEJ would have won in 2015.

PDP will win SE - I agree.
But will PDP win SE massively? Not sure.
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Oct 8, 2018
I think the current crop of political leaders across Nigeria have failed to learn one crucial lesson about Relevance, Influence and Rest - which many in our generation also don’t understand.

For me, it is what Uncle Bola Ige aptly described as the “Siddon Look Movement”.
Siddon Look basically is a posture of political inactivity or passive political participation rather than pushing yourself into the fray in order not to lose relevance.

Ige took this position in reaction to the IBB regime Third Republic and it was effective for his politics.
Many politicians, jittery of losing their political base participated in the Third Republic until it was scuttled.

Again during the ill-fated Abacha transition, Ige still didn’t participate until that also ended - yet by 1999, Ige and his party retained their power bases.
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Oct 7, 2018
As I was saying about the permutations that won the victory today...

Before Tambuwal came into the venue last night, an indistinguishable man was announced and I knew immediately that The Generals had decided and he was here to oversee.

His name, Ali Gusau. #PDPConventionPHC
In 1999, Atiku was presiding over a PDM meeting to endorse Ekwueme as PDP presidential flagbearer when Gusau came and informed him that Obasanjo was the preferred candidate of The Generals.

Atiku postponed that meeting for two days and when they reconvened, dynamics had changed.
A debt was paid last night with the change in permutations but Otta is not a power base that shifts easily.

It took a call from the West to shift the stand of Otta, where the god that resides there had as far back as 3 months ago vowed to support whoever emerged from PDP.
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Oct 7, 2018
Was mildly surprised last night to see that the APC was also holding a convention from which the only positive I see is that someone isn’t totally lifeless but merely sleeping at one of the most important events of his life.

But let’s talk a bit about #PDPConventionPHC.
The permutations involved the horse-trading between aspirants, the concessions made in delegates, political deals and also rumours from online about Cash - which I saw none of personally, know no one who saw but I am certain happened as always in politics.

But first let me explain (as much as I can) a little about the PDP delegate system for the #PDPConventionPHC of 2018.

A National Delegate is one (s)elected from each of Nigeria’s 774 LGAs to vote at the National Convention/Presidential Primaries.

So you have 774 Elected.
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Oct 6, 2018
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