- By Nduka Orjinmo
- BBC News, Abuja
Bola Tinubu, 70, is widely known as di pesin wey revamped Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos.
They will not lead the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February presidential election, but they are facing fierce opposition, allegations of corruption and poor health while tackling one of the toughest jobs for Africa.
While pession we face exile by the military ruler Sani Abacha, oga Tinubu knows the value of freedom ye dey wia am as sign for im cap, a broken chain that looks like an eight on one side.
As a trained accountant, I am na waka with the pro-democracy National Democratic Coalition (Nadeco) group with which I am a member of make am cross Abacha.
Opposition from groups like Nadeco and Abacha died in 1998 and brought Nigeria to democracy in 1999, and in many ways Oga Tinubu, a former Mobil executive, sees Nigeria’s presidency as the right one.
E go dey depends on my experience for politics and im ogbonge’s influence for di kontri to win the election. They face stiff competition from former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi’s Labor Party, which is popular with the city’s voters.
If Oga Tinubu, also known as “Jagaban”, wins the presidency, I will seek to unify territories and regional lines, address insecurity, create jobs and reduce inflation.
But that job doesn’t shake me. E dey points to im time as governor of Lagos from 1999 to 2007 to sell im candidacy give party delegates and Nigerians.
Under my tenure, Lagos will grow in revenue for the sake of abundant foreign investment as in the public transport scheme we will see new express bus lanes built to reduce the heavy traffic we will face.
But di city wey get about 25 million pipo neva really lives up to the im megacity name even though we claim to say im changing the cans.
Public infrastructure mostly doesn’t mar the finish cans like water and public housing doesn’t break down as the light rail project di started for tenure never finished 20 years later even with all the money from the state.
They are also accused of saying they have the neck of the state’s money even after the joint governorship of 2007.
Everi govnor wey don come afta am na im follower wey dey follow “great road map” as one dares to find my way bin dey was quickly sidetracked with the help of powerful transport union members.
They accuse dey of corruption but oga Tinubu deny am.
Two years ago, Dapo Apara, an accountant for Alpha-beta, the company Tinubu allegedly gained a stake in, accused and used the company for money laundering, fraud, tax evasion, and corrupted cans of ode.
Oga Tinubu sued me even though me and Alpha-beta deny the accusation, but later, all parties say they are going to settle out of court.
That accusation, which includes saying that I have faced the Nigerian Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) twice on charges of violating the civil servants’ code (wey dem don clear am of) has Tinubu’s opponents saying that it is not the right man for the job because corruption is very high for nigeria
For the last election, the bullion vans that banks used to move money drive sales at the Ikoyi complex for Lagos and ginger suspicions say they buy votes, and they don’t go out of their way to deny it.
And I say, “if I get money, if I like it, I’ll dash pipo, as long as I don’t buy votes.”
Many pipo also do not forget wetin im tok after the death of #EndSARS protesters for di Lekki part of Lagos for 2020 wia im question di intentions of di pipo wey die.
They see me as the political godfather of the Southwest and the most influential figure in the region where they decide who gets to power.
For 2015, we call ourselves “headhunters” and put “talent for office.”
I am a political influence which led to the separation of the opposition political parties by 2013, when we rallied for power from the ruling PDP party by 2015, when it is rare in Nigeria.
E bin reminds Nigerians to say na im be one of the main pipo wey put President Muhammadu Buhari in power after many failed attempts.
Oga Buhari pipo bin is not trying to reduce the narrative of the ex-governor’s influence for the 2015 elections, but it is not clear that Buhari will win two terms without Tinubu’s endorsement.
It is widely rumored that I am not going to nominate Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for this position and get information on how Nigerian Senate President Ahmed Lawan and House Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila work.
Na why im bin supporters take am as treason wen di vice president wey bin work as commissioner with Tinubu for Lagos to run for di party ticket.
All of that is now behind the morning and as Tinubu campaigns many pipo are in poor health and physical appearance as they spend three months in London with an upper knee injury and worry about an undisclosed illness.
Nigerians fear that the Anoda president may have health problems after President Umaru Yar’Adua dies in office in 2010 and Buhari goes abroad for medical treatment.
Sha, whoever wins the February election, still seems to be doing well, go find a lot of kills and let Buhari deal with insecurity, high unemployment, rising inflation and ethnic divide.
Needless to say, it’s not possible to get the job done, but we’re going hard.