If words in the political circles is anything to be believed then former Lagos State Governor and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu may be set to announce his interest in running for presidency.
Thought believed to be initially interested in gunning for the post of vice presidency, Tinubu www.theoctopusnews.com learnt has now changed focus and is now only interested in the plump job.
Sources within the party revealed Tinubu will announce his interest immediately after the APC national convention which will hold between June 13 and 14 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Our source revealed that this new move became pertinent in the wake of the opposition that greeted his alleged vice presidential ambition through the pairing of a Muslim/Muslim ticket.
This latest move, inside sources however claimed, was designed as a bargaining chip to eventually clinch the slot for the vice-president, since it was most likely that the presidential slot would go to the north.
His decision to give the presidential bid a shot, another source said may not be unconnected with the possibility that he could sell out if nothing works in his favour, hence a move that would make it even more difficult for the party leadership to push him aside.
Tinubu is said to have seen clearly, certain indications that he and some other notable members of the APC might be played out by the younger elements in the party at the June convention and since there might be nothing left for him, he has therefore come up with a ‘Plan B’ in order to survive the turn of events.
These are some of the moves the former Lagos governor is said to be making in the bid to remain relevant both now and in the experience after. But they are moves observers believe would further unsettle the party and set it on a collision course if mismanaged.
Tinubu was recently reported as pondering a Muslim/Muslim ticket that could feature him and a former head of state, Muhammadu Buhari in next year’s presidential election, a consideration that has since drawn the ire of party members and opposition alike.
Not long after came the indications that he might lose out in the current effort at structuring the party, a development some party members feared could lead to Tinubu selling out in next year’s election like he was believed to have done in 2011.
But many of the observers believe that the truly defining intrigues would not start to manifest in the party until the outcome of its national convention and Tinubu’s alleged ambition declaration.
Additional Report: Thisday
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