By Sageer Kabeer
Presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili said Monday that the political influence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is grossly overestimated.
She said in a statement that the APC leader does not have control of Alimosho, the largest local government area in Lagos state.
The APC national leader is believed to wield much power in south-west, particularly as worked for the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
She said Tinubu was only able to deliver 86,897 votes out of the 650,000 registered voters in Alimosho in the last presidential election.
She said Tinubu “and his like in #APCPDP control only as much as we let them.”
“Alimosho for example, is the largest local government in Lagos state with over 1.2 million persons resident according to official census figures. In 2015, only about 650,000 of these people registered and obtained their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs),” she said.
“Faced with the rather unattractive choice of voting for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Goodluck Jonathan, or the anyone-but-Jonathan candidacy represented by Muhammadu Buhari, a great many voters chose to abstain.
“At the end of the day, the #APCPDP, the twin terrors of Nigeria, only managed to conjure up 140,000 votes between them. In Almighty Alimosho. This says something loud and clear, that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu with all of his ‘might’ and experience in so-called grassroots politics could, at the end of the day, deliver only 86,897 votes for his candidate Buhari and their party.
“Where then does the source of this his widely reported power come from? Isn’t he grossly overestimated? Asiwaju Tinubu and his like in #APCPDP control only as much as we let them. And the situation is the same in every other part of the country- from Kano to Ilorin- where any godfather claims to hold sway.
“These men are only as powerful as we, the citizens let them be. They have been getting away with this for so long because we outsourced our responsibility as voters to people who do not necessarily represent our best interests. The biggest trick that these entrenched politicians have played on us is to convince us of their invincibility, and we permitted them. This stops now!”
“An Oby Ezekwesili presidency will not only work to create an enabling environment for our young people to explore their greatest potentials and be globally competitive, but they will actually power the government. Building our young human capital will be an urgent priority of our ACPN government,” she said