I have known Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu since 1999 as a dogged fighter and cerebral politician. Tinubu is not given to flippancy and frivolity and deserves all the accolades he has been getting, especially now as the conscience of the polity. Although, extremely committed to the cause of his people; the Yorubas, he is a hardcore nationalist and a bridge builder of immense quality. His vast contributions to the current political dispensation cannot be undermined and discounted on the altar of political expediency and tendencies.
His recent visit to Ondo State to calm nerves and reposition the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state for success is not only commendable but timely.
Since 2014, even before the formation of APC, the camp of the progressives in Ondo State has been roughened. The troubled gubernatorial primaries in 2016 made matters worse as it became “everybody for himself; God for us all.” Therefore, no one needed a soothsayer to suggest that only a genuine reconciliation can heal the massively disjointed party, and move it forward.
Those who expected fracas, disharmony and rancour were disappointed. The other parties and groups who were waiting to benefit politically from a rancorous meeting and gathering left with huge discontent.
We are back as a united front in Ondo State APC. I commend Governor Akeredolu for his mature attitude and successful hosting of the event. Asiwaju is not a fool. He is a strategic thinker. He is a flexible and intelligent leader. He knows when to strike. And he also knows when to withdraw. He forgives and forgets easily.
On a final note, let’s all unite and build a very formidable party in Ondo State. Let’s all support the healing process with open mind. We cannot gain anything through unnecessary and avoidable rancour and failure.