By Abass Adetunji
If Bola Tinubu had indeed given a nod to Bisi Akande to vie for the APC’ s BOTs chairmanship. It is simply an indication that the man, Tinubu, is a special creature.
He is a man who knows how to sow in the people’s lives. He has core competencies in lifting people up and keeping them up. In 1993, aftermath of the annulment of the 12th June 1993 polls, he had fled the country to the United States where several pro-democracy activists like Dan Suleiman, Ralph Obioha, Kayode Fayemi and the likes were his guests.
Meanwhile as a senator of the third republic, he had won the highest number of votes of any senator in Nigeria, and this did not stop his humility.
Whilst the 4th republic beckoned, providence brought him back and in some controversial primaries, he was declared winner beating his closest rival Funso Williams to the second position. He won the Guber Poll and returned in 2003, despite a fierce onslaught by Obasanjo’s PDP. In 2007, his third eye picked Fashola who turned Lagos round.
Meanwhile, many guys had rooted for him to return as a senator, but he resisted, leaving the stage for Ganiyu Olanrewanju Solomon to become one. It was in vogue for many governors to return to the senate and people like Abdullahi Adamu, George Akume, Danjuma Goje, Bukar Abba Ibrahim, all former governors had gone there, after their tenures in their states.
In 2011, when he could not withstand the unprecedented pressure, he had allowed his wife to go! While the likes of Ikimi, Shekarau and others were running over themselves for a mess of porridge from GEJ, Tinubu had clearly spurned an over of ministerial appointment from GEJ.
In 2013 when APC was formed, he was the cynosure of all eyes as a man who could make things happen, and in the run up towards 2015, he clearly had all the wherewithal to ride roughshod over everybody and run for the office of Vice- President, but, rather, in exhibiting his smartness, he had insisted the office should go to the South West and it was his lot to nominate Osinbajo, who had served as his commissioner for eight years!
He declined an offer of ministerial appointment from Buhari, but as a reliable person Buhari is, he has appointed many of his boys and girls into the cabinet. And now, the last one you would think he should nick, he is giving to Bisi Akande, another loyalist.
Show me a selfless leader, I will point at Tinubu.
He is a special being, rare character, a man some people hate to love and love to hate, an utmost achiever, a man of many parts, a master strategist, a humanity lover, and the rest. Sir, you have earned my respect.