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President Buhari appoints Chief Bola Tinubu to lead APC strategy committee: Nigerians react

By Juliet Ebirim and Adetutu Adesoji

Bola Tinubu should decline the offer – Oluwatosin Blessing Ige, Legal Practitioner

I feel Tinubu as an elder statesman should decline from doing this for Buhari again. The success of Buhari during the last presidential election was achieved with the help of Tinubu. At some point during this administration, Tinubu voiced out that he is not being carried along and now Buhari wants to use him to secure second term again. I’m sure Tinubu is in a better position to know who is best for Nigeria just as he always does in Lagos. He should not take this up, but act in the best interest of Nigerians.

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Tinubu would be abandoned again -Ikenna Asomba, Journalist/ Public Affairs Analyst

I feel President Muhammadu Buhari has not treated Asiwaju Bola Tinubu with utmost respect since 2015. Tinubu had over the last three years been sidelined from the inner workings of the APC at the national level, a party whose birth he helped nurture. No thanks to President Buhari and the so-called cabals. So, if because the 2019 election is forthcoming, President Buhari approaches Tinubu to mediate all warring factions in the APC, good for him. It’s his personal decision to accept the offer or not. What I know is that Tinubu would be abandoned again and again.“

This could be a game changer for the president – Joseph Akagu, Writer

It’s politically brilliant since Tinubu commands an overwhelming loyalty both in the party and in the southwest. Nigerian politics is a politics of personalities and power resides with these few and not the people. So it could be a game changer.

The president is envisaging a defeat hence the move  -Wisdom Ilesanmi, Oil Consultant

Going by the characteristics of this government and its leadership, the president has lost popularity among the westerners. Literally speaking, it is not errorneous to say that the emergence of the president at  Aso Rock is highly orchestrated by his win in the Western states. In light of this truth, he is envisaging a defeat as the APC party is becoming more factional. More importantly, a disunited western APC in specifics will spell doom for the president’s second term ambition. The choice of Bola Tinubu is therefore imperative in the unity of the party going by his antecedents as one of the pioneers and founders of the party. However, what is covert to the president is the fact that in the 2019 presidential election, the citizenry are more prone to vote individuals not the party.

Buhari wants to use and dump Tinubu again – Okewusi Olutola, Artisan

There is nothing to unify about APC. The party is in disarray and besides Buhari only wants to cajole Tinubu to use and dump him once more. I don’t think Tinubu will fall for the tricks this time. There is nothing for APC in 2019 and we might just find ourselves between the devil and the deep blue sea, because PDP is not an alternative. The country is technically in trouble.

Tinubu is the perfect option to re-unite the party, but … – Awopetu Juwon, Water Consultant

It is obviously a smart and strategic move, Buhari knows well that Tinubu handed him the southwest region votes in the last presidential election. Knowing the influence of Tinubu in the party Buhari needs him to push for more support. Technically, Tinubu is the perfect option to reunite the party. Northern region alone cannot hand Buhari victory. He probably needs more to regain Tinubu’s trust knowing that he (Tinubu) is unhappy with the way he has been treated  since Buhari assumed office.


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