Accidental Sweetheart…Intrigues As Bola Tinubu’s Friends, Foes Make A Beeline For His London Base

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Accidental Sweetheart…Intrigues As Bola Tinubu’s Friends, Foes Make A Beeline For His London Base

Accidental Sweetheart…Intrigues As Bola Tinubu’s Friends, Foes Make A Beeline For His London Base
August 30
13:34 2021

•Why his estranged godsons, loyalists throng his UK residence for photo ops

• How President Buhari’s visit to Tinubu triggered a rash of courtesy calls on Tinubu

• Fayemi, Banire, others join the bandwagon

• How Tinubu became the sudden sweetheart of the jackals

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu spends from the heart, be it passion or political capital. To relieve the wretched is his pride and even his foibles lean to virtue’s flank, his hardcore loyalists would tell you.

But while his spacious politics has been largely responsible for his meteoric rise from a two-time governor of Lagos to a formidable contender for the nation’s presidential seat, not a few of his detractors, dreaded his likely emergence as the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential flagbearer for the 2023 polls. Thus they ganged up against him and hatched series of desperate plots to thwart his ambition.

Even some of his godsons and beneficiaries of his expansive political capital and empire have been known to join in the plot against him.

That the proverbial cock crowed few minutes after his godsons stuck a dagger in his back revealed much about the nature of politics, how it leans on betrayals and separations; how it cloaks simple gestures like a political godson’s seemingly harmless insolence, Judas’ affectionate kiss or a casual hand wave from an open window, in the robe of betrayal.

But having conspired and failed in their plots to thwart him, Tinubu’s major traducers are making a beeline for his residence in London, the United Kingdom (UK), apparently to curry his favour en route his march to the polls, and probable conquest as Nigeria’s new President-elect, come 2023.
It has become the past time of the country’s preeminent politicians and public officers to visit Tinubu in the UK.

Their rush to pay homage at his London base became manifest soon after President Muhammadu Buhari visited him abroad and photographs of their reunion got widely circulated on social media.

Several politicians including his sworn enemies, estranged godsons, and loyalists have been trooping his London residence to pay homage to him, conveniently forgetting that they had once cast morality and decency to the winds and enacted lethal deeds of treachery and deceit against the person and political empire of Asiwaju Tinubu, the man variously regarded as the author and progenitor of their political and economic fortune.

But all that is in the past. Right now, Tinubu is the man every politician worth his stature wants to align with. Politicians who have visited him in London include former Lagos Commissioner of Environment, Muiz Banire, member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Abiodun James Faleke to mention a few.

Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi, and his Ondo State counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, paid a visit to the APC National leader, at his London base on August 25. Also, Lagos Assembly Speaker and his members also visited in days ago.

Among them are his sworn enemies and closet foes; during their visit to him, they engage in intense photo ops and afterwards, share pictures taken with Tinubu with several media, particularly the online media. They mobilise the latter to publish and circulate the pictures widely as part of their desperate bid to reassert lost relevance in Asiwaju Tinubu’s political circuits and beyond.

Amid their newfound love for Tinubu, however, pundits have warned the APC national leader to be wary of men and women of shady intent, all wolves in sheep’s clothing.


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