Controversial Nigerian columnist, Farooq Kperogi has revealed a series of plans to stop the Presidential ambition of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Naija News reports that Tinubu is one of the 23 Presidential aspirants contesting to emerge as the candidate of the ruling party.
In an article via his Facebook page on Monday, Kperogi said several attempts have been made to keep Tinubu out of contention for the party’s presidential primaries.
He said the postponement of the party’s primaries, the multitude of presidential aspirants, and the appointment of former APC National Chairman, John Oyegun as the Chairman of the APC Presidential Screening Committee are all plots to remove Tinubu from the presidential race.
The columnist added that the petition by one Mai-Iyali Sagir Wada against Tinubu to the screening committee was part of the plot to disqualify the former Lagos governor.
Kperogi alleged that President Muhamadu Buhari and the cabals are behind the plans to sabotage Tinubu’s 2203 presidential aspiration.
He said: “There is no question that Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the main character in the movie of APC’s 2023 presidential politics. Others are mere pawns or supporting casts.
“The postponement of the party’s primaries, the crowding of the presidential primary field of play, the frenetic horse-trading, the subterranean wheeler-dealing, the consensus proposal, etc. in APC were all designed to keep Tinubu out of contention for the party’s nomination.
“Several meetings convened to persuade Tinubu to consent to a consensus candidate for the party, which is the singular reason the party instructed INEC to extend the deadline for primary elections, didn’t work.
“Then the party toyed with the idea of asking the screening committee, indicatively headed by his political enemy John Oyegun, to disqualify him on the grounds of previous false claims he’d made—under oath, no less— that he attended the University of Chicago, Government College Ibadan, and St. Paul Aroloya Children Home School, Ibadan.
“The petition by one Mai-Iyali Sagir Wada to the screening committee was part of the plot.
“Apparently, that hasn’t worked out because the party’s legal advisers know that if Tinubu sues the party for disqualifying on account of perjury he committed more than 20 years ago, his victory would be a slam dunk.
“The fear of Buhari and his cabal is that should a primary election be held, the chances that Tinubu would win are more likely than not, and they DON’T WANT him to be president.
“Well, if his victory in the APC primary election is inevitable and they don’t want him to be president, the only option left for them at this time is to let him win the primary and then sabotage him in the general election.
“That was what happened to Goodluck Jonathan in 2015. Outside of that, they’re stuck with Tinubu like white on rice. Tinubu is a tough nut to crack. In trying to crack him, it’s the party that might crack.
“People who know him from his childhood say Tinubu would rather give up his very life fighting than give up a fight that puts him at a disadvantage.”