Columnist and social commentator, Femi Aribisala, has described a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as an experienced politician who has a bad knowledge of history.
In an interview with Saturday Punch, the iconoclastic pastor opened up on the alleged conspiracy against Tinubu by some Northern politicians within the APC.
When asked: What do you think about the alleged current travails and conspiracy against Tinubu by a suspected cabal in the North and the presidency?
His words: Tinubu is an experienced politician, but a bad student of history. In 2011, he formed an alliance with Abubakar Atiku and the People Democratic Movement, who represents a more progressive part of the North, but could not prevail against the colossus of the PDP. Therefore, in 2015, he entered into an alliance with Buhari and the core North, which has never even had any progressive pretensions. There is nothing progressive about President Buhari.
Everything about the president’s politics was smoke and mirrors. He commanded the support of a significant number of the Northern poor, in spite of the fact that there is absolutely nothing in his CV about advancing the interests of the poor. He is a conservative politician opposed to any restructuring of Nigeria’s polity through a national conference. His only claim to popular appeal is a questionable belief that he is anti-corruption.
It was only a matter of time before uneasy bed-fellows of the APC came to logger-heads. Once the election was won, the APC started falling apart. The PDP wing of the party conducted a coup and hijacked the National Assembly. Now the organs of the party have been wrenched from Tinubu’s Action Congress of Nigeria. As we get closer and closer to 2019, the fighting will become more vicious and more incendiary. I don’t expect the APC to survive.