Tuesday, November 18, 2014
TAMBUWAL CHICKENS OUT OF PRESIDENTIAL RACE?
"Having consulted widely, taking into consideration the concerns of some elders of the party, I have decided to suspend my participation in the presidential contest for now. I have done so as a sacrifice for the the cohesion and unity of the APC. I am suspending my participation in the presidential race for now because I do not have any inordinate ambition to occupy any office. Nigeria is a country too great to sacrifice on the altar of partisan politics and personal ambition. What any one becomes in life is exclusively in the hands of God. Only God gives power to whoever he pleases." - Aminu Tambuwal, former PDP Speaker House of Representatives.
Icheoku says with those words the man touted as the anointed one from the House of Fodio just did a u-turn on his supporters and chickened out of the APC presidential candidate's race. Icheoku says when Nigerians were beginning to seriously take a second look at the man from Sokoto as a potential presidential candidate of the APC and possibly president of Nigeria, the man disappointed them, developed cold feet and ran away. , turned tail and scurried away. Icheoku says Aminu Tambuwal understood that if you cannot stand the heat, get the hell out of the kitchen and so did the needful. Unfortunately, Tambuwal could not even last one full week into his foray, before he found out how scorching a heat, running for the highest office in the land is? Icheoku says it would appear that Tambuwal, cognizant of Atiku and Buhari's almost desperate ambition to become president, somewhat threw subtle jabs at both men when he said he does not have 'inordinate ambition to occupy any office' and that Nigeria should not be sacrificed because of any personal ambition. He also threw one at his APC party when he admonished that no partisan politics should operate to dismember Nigeria.
Icheoku had doubts whether Aminu Tambuwal, assuming he secures the APC ticket, could possibly win in a general election because of his inexperience, paucity of funds and other ancillary factors and reasons. However Icheoku did not know that Tambuwal does not have fire in his stomach to play in the big league; as his panic and scamper under a little pressure from the camp of Muhammadu Buhari now establishes? took flight? Icheoku queries how a man who could not stand his party's 'ordinary' primary battle, ever planned to prosecute a general presidential election and/or go on to rule a complex society like Nigeria? Anyway, a good riddance, his exit was; what a nuisance! But his flight notwithstanding, Icheoku still stands by our earlier story that Aminu Tambuwal was the preferred choice of Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida and the House of Fodio.
So with the meddlesome interloper now gone, the focus and permutation once again returns back to Muhammadu Buhari and Abuabakar Atiku. The other good news coming from Tambuwal's exit is that it will now delay if not abort Baba Iyabo's planned defection to the APC. It is again back to status quo in a party stuck with two unpalatable presidential candidates, Muhammadu Buhari and Abubakar Atiku. Icheoku asks, so who 'dey laugh' now in Nigeria but President Jonathan who has previously beaten both men in a presidential election and will most likely repeat same feat again in 2015. Baba Iyabo who never stopped laughing at Abubakar Atiku, also still 'dey laugh' at Atiku's never ending spam ambition. Nigerian people also 'dey laugh' at the arrogance of Muhammadu Buhari, in desiring to rule them again after the bitter experience that was his first time around. Icheoku says 2015 is still very too far away and heavily laden with so many unknowns. Icheoku says between now and 2015, it is like a thousand years with so many things and possibilities that could go wrong or dramatically or drastically change so many things. Until 2015 comes and goes, nobody knows what will happen and so Icheoku says, so long Tambuwal!