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Tinubu, Ganduje, Emir of Kano and Gawuna

Lately, the new euphoria of the not so strategic APC supporters was a celebration of the crack in the PDP where Wike, Fayose and Ortom have been expressing their dissatisfaction with the outcome of the selection of Okowa as the VP candidate. These people therefore feel these guys should join the APC amongst others. Narratives like this make some of us concerned to the extent that a lot of political party supporters do not understand how our democracy has grown and how a support for certain characters showcase the APC as not being different from other parties they demystify. It also exposes the need for a more awareness to ensure the deepening of the democracy as well as entrench party philosophies.

Recall that the APC is made up of more than enough Human Resources who have not been managed appropriately through inclusion and compensation. Some of these individuals have however remained loyal and hopeful of an amend, how then would anyone want to introduce more guys on top of these people and the people been touted are even those that have been demonized by same people wanting them, is it expected that those who have waited eight years would sit back and clap for the entry of these individuals? I don’t think so. If you add more eight years to the ages of these individuals who have waited all along, they’ll have been getting closer to exiting the stage.

Let me first analyze the so many who have defected to the APC and have not been utilized talk more of adding up more. You could recall the merriment that greeted the entry of Yakubu Dogara into the Apc, one would think he would be more empowered in the like of how GEJ empowered Bala Mohammed from the support he gave him at the plenary during the doctrine of necessity bourhaha. Instead, Dogara was left to remain in his whatever status and today there’s struggle in attempting to even mention his name for a VP slot, imagine if he had been empowered to mobilize more. We could also go on to speak about the mismanagement of the cerebral Abdulmuminu Jibril, Magnus Abe of Rivers that some people want Wike to come in from, I don’t know how they would have managed Amaechi and him that are themselves no in good terms, Ken Nnamani who came recently is no where to be found, Fani Kayode is struggling to be heard. Oyinlola and Segun Oni came and left. There are so many examples even at lower levels and the depths will have to be left for another day.

We equally have a lot who were founding members but we’re not even looked at all through the administration, ranging from Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to Hashim Ubale Yusufu of Jigawa state, Farouk Adamu Aliyu, Buba Galadima and so many others. The ones that have remained in the party amongst them are struggling to do so. They gave everything humanly possible to the APC but no one looked their way and while they got aggrieved, some were left to move to other parties. There was a pure lack of individuals who would take stock of these individuals and ensure to see to their been managed. No one even talks about these issues but they are real and that’s the current state of the party in so many states.

Remember also that all these issues around the many individuals could not be protested against because some overzealous supporters would tag you as wanting to steal money. Everyone has literally kept his opinions to his chest and that’s the same thing with the masses. At the moment, other than the opinion of paid vocal agents on social media, it was very difficult for anyone to recognize the feelings and opinions of individuals because all the nations people are keeping their opinions close to their chest. In fact, that’s what Peter Obi is profiting from.

Therefore Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu would be inheriting all of the above and perhaps he may not have been well briefed about it owing to the fact that the beneficiaries of the above are the ones who have surrounded him and are part of those who feel having Wike and Co. come into the party would change anything when they have not advised for the subsisting issues to be fixed.

I have insisted that the politics of now and the future in Nigeria belongs to those who chose to be realistic and critical, save this.

Hashim Suleiman


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Pantami chairing the WSIS

So many people have been wondering where Prof Isa Pantami has been over the last year or so and they couldn’t understand he had become enmeshed in the next level of his agenda of entrenching a proper digital society that will ensure economic transition and which will guarantee jobs and liquidity in the system.

As someone who had been strategic about his mission, he phased his digital mission with the initial step being the reawakening and rebranding of the sector and that saw him renaming the sector and then identifying the right Human Resources to help drive the agenda. Afterwards, he started to engage in public awareness through his recurring presence in the digital space. He culminated this by ensuring he mobilized the administration to key into his mission. You could know this by the increase in the allocation of budgetary provision to the ministry amongst others.

After the first stage comes the next important stage which was identification with the diplomatic community locally, he ensured he secured their confidences to the extent that they began to organize events and various avenues of criss crossing ideas and finding a way to key into the large digital market the world could ever have. All the digital giants of the world recognize the importance of the Nigerian market and they have always been wishing for a serious manager to step in so they could harness the best of it.

All of these have culminated into many business springing up regarding the production of SIM cards, chips and many more intentions to invest in the sector that it’s potentials had started to be imminent. Many more startups have become interested in the sector especially in the hitherto not so much interested northern Nigeria. There is now a more friendly handshake between the local ecosystem and the government policies. Only an Okonjo Iweala had been able to mobilize a sector close to this good in the history of Nigeria.

However, some may have noticed that the Prof had gone down low afterwards and they wondered what that was for. The results are already trickling to let us know it was strategic for the purpose of stock taking and working to consolidate on the networks that had so far been created through all of the above. The digital sector cannot blossom to its full potentials if you don’t align it with the global happenings and this made Prof Pantami to begin international sensitization and marketing and it was so good that it attracted him to be appointed the Chairman of the 2022 World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This happened after his appearance at the Blockchain summit in Dubai as well as the deliverance of a paper at World Economic Summit Group in Davos, Switzerland.

This international extension of handshake has led to so many investors and players in the digital industry to shift focus to Nigeria and the latest of such big catch was Elon Musks purchase of a telecommunications license to operate in Nigeria. There are many more fiber, forex and digital currency companies trooping in to participate in the sector. The Nigerias Central Bank has equally admired the digital sectors and had since floated the Digital Naira called the ‘e-Naira’. All Nigeria’s data has been synchronized to be complete with data. The minister had just returned from
Morocco where he attended the the high test gathering for the promotion of identity in Africa.

All of these efforts are absolutely long term in nature and Nigeria would certainly reap them
In due course, however it was important to put ink on paper about them for posterity sake.
God bless Prof Isa Pantami
God bless Nigeria

Hashim Suleiman


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Asiwaju Tinubu and Osinbajo on a trip

Let me use this yuletide season to shine my torch on Pastor Yemi Osibajo who at the moment is top most Christian official of the country and a person who has never lost sight of such a responsibility by behaving and acting appropriately. Such quality has silently endeared him to the people and due to his nature you can only know that when you personally ask peoples opinion about him or APC and 2023.

Due to his nature that I have described above and his not being the everyday politician, he may not be the favorite for political headlines by media and pundits but people like us who take extra mile to observe and analyze our everyday changing and growing democracy do see so many likely permutations of which Osinbajo appears the most likely for consensus sake all the way.

Let me make a reminder to my earlier article of November 4, 2019 titled ‘Pantami as near perfect fit for 2023 permutations’ https://opinion.premiumtimesng.com/2019/11/04/isa-ali-pantami-as-near-perfect-fit-for-the-2023-permutations-by-hashim-suleiman/ where I had identified Tinubu’s clear interest in the game but could be stalled by a likely need for pairing with a Muslim like Pantami which is doable but with its attendant challenges and as such a pairing of Pantami with a Christian could be a more perfect fit. Such a Christian is gradually turning out for me to be Osinbajo. 

Events have come and gone after the above article and in fact the race for the 2023 is becoming clearer with so much interests for the presidency in the APC and none of them is likely ready to shift grounds for the other, little wonder why Pastor TundeBakare had to attempt to shut some of those camps who are hell bent on truncating Asiwaju Tinubu’s ambition for the 2023 presidency bid. It is not likely that those camps are going to pull back their ‘shakabula’ guns as a result of Bakare’s sermon and one thing Bakare also forgot is that in politics such guns may not kill but they may be spoilers in a supposed well planned operation. Regardless of all these however, Tinubu has continued his reach out to all parts of the country from Sheikh Bin Usman’s daughter’s wedding in Kano to Maiduguri on a condolence for the incident at Jere local Government. 

Furthermore, it is not longer news that Kayode Fayemi and his crew are nursing their own agenda with him being the presidential candidate or pairing with a northerner as vice. The Goodluck Jonathan card is also flying and a friend just recently whispered another card of Orji Uzor Kalu perhaps to placate the Igbos. The people who fly these cards are mostly those who are vehemently against Tinubu’s candidature and I’m not sure they are ready to support it for whatever reason and I’m also not sure if Asiwaju himself is ready to go ahead with his agenda without all these erring groups in the APC or in other words the APC being intact. 

Make no mistake to think the Asiwaju who is a benefactor of Osinbajo is not fully qualified or does not enjoy my personal support for the presidency owing to my belief in his progressive principle which I had also enumerated in the November 4, 2019 article I made reference to in the third paragraph above but the realistic fact is there are so many land mines which do not appear pleasant for both his party and himself should he insist to go ahead. The first major challenge will be that of the religious pairing unless well insist to have a repeat of the muslim-muslimticket of 1993 and whether such would fly could be left to the further strategy meetings that would be held and such meetings must be made with sincerity of purpose, lucky enough Osinbajohad informed us in one of the Colloquiums that Tinubu holds his meetings with such openness during his governorship days and could give in on superior progressive arguments. The second major hurdle would be those other groups who would back out in the event of the emergence of an Asiwaju candidature. Such would leave the APC very weakened to go into the election and there would also be anti party activities. 

Against the backdrop of all of the above, Osinbajo appears to be the most perfect candidate to mitigate all of the above challenges. He is a Christian of repute who could easily fit into pairing with another Muslim of repute. He fits into the class of the new breed politicians that the Nigerian youths clamor for on a daily. Apart from being a graduate of the Asiwaju School of progressive politics, he is a very close friend and confidant of all the other groups who might be opposing an Asiwajucandidature. Osinbajo had worked as meticulously as bagging enough friends from the opposition PDP.

If all of these are not enough pointers for a likely date with destiny then what could ever be more. Time shall tell however, but it’s instructive for the APC family to look inwards and make appropriate decisions against the 2023 elections which is fast approaching. 

But Osinbajo does appear as the most suitable consensus candidate for the APC.

Hashim Suleiman