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4 powerful people ‘stepping on Tinubu’s toes’

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In a communique from his media office, former governor of Lagos state and political heavyweight Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is also the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has demanded that John Oyegun resign.

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun is the national chairman of the APC and he seems to have stepped on Tinubu’s toes, for Tinubu to call for his resignation from the party.

In his statement, after stating the good pledges of the APC, Tinubu said:“Chairman John Oyegun has breached these good pledges in a most overt and brazen display. In doing so, Oyegun has dealt a heavy blow to the very party he professes to lead. It is an awful parent who suffocates his own child for the sake of a few naira.”

Oyegun is one in a list of people who have angered Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who many view as someone to be feared in the Nigerian political sphere. Here is a list of people who have managed to step on his toes:

1. Chief John Odigie-Oyegun

Born on August 12, 1939, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun  is the first national chairman of APC in Nigeria. He was also the executive governor of Edo state between 1992 and 1993, during the aborted Nigerian Third Republic.

As stated at the outset, the chairman has stepped on the toes of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, causing Tinubu to call for his resignation. The problem started at the Ondo APC primaries held this month, where Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu emerged winner.

According to the statement by Tinubu, Oyegun sanctioned some illegal activities to enable Akeredolu emerge winner and therefore needs to resign from the party. Many however, feel that this is because Tinubu’s favored candidate Segun Abraham did not win.

Oyegun is yet to respond to the call for his resignation, but one thing is obvious. Between Tinubu and Oyegun, a battle line has been drawn.

2. Bukola Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has been in and out of the court room for most of his tenure since 2015. He is accused of false declaration of assets when he was still governor of Kwara state. His trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal has been one of the most interesting dramas on the Nigerian political scene.

On April 23, 2016, Saraki alleged that his problems began he emerged President of the Senate against the wishes of the leadership of the APC and Mr Tinubu who backed another candidate, Ahmed Lawan, for the post.

“I have also been accused of helping to frustrate some people’s opportunity to emerge as President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate,” Saraki said. “But I have no problem with anybody.”

He also alleges that Tinubu was after him because he was accused of blocking Tinubu from being President Buhari’s running mate in the 2015 elections.

Justifying his decision to go against Tinubu, Saraki said he was concerned that it would not have been “politically smart” for the APC to run a Muslim-Muslim ticket since both Tinubu and Buhari are Muslims.

3. Dino Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye is the lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district, and his quarrel with Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been loud and messy.

First off, he has been a vocal supporter of Saraki and was among those who nominated him for the Senate presidency. His quarrel with Tinubu however came to a head, when he nearly came to blows with Senator Remi Tinubu, the wife of Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The controversial senator even went so far as to head to Bourdillon road in Ikoyi, Lagos which is where Tinubu lives and is regarded as his domain. Dino Melaye took pictures on the road mocking Tinubu and his wife and daring them to attack him.

Tinubu however refused to make a statement in response to Dino Melaye, with many believing that Tinubu considers Dino Melaye inconsequential.

4. Yahaya Bello

The current Kogi state governor might have first stepped on Tinubu’s toes when he won the governorship election at the expense of Tinubu’s chosen candidate.

Bola Tinubu rejected the nomination of Yahaya Bello as the party’s candidate for the Kogi governorship elections and is instead insisted that James Faleke, the running mate to late Abubakar Audu, be chosen.

However, Yahaya Bello emerged the governor eventually and in April 2016, he insinuated that Bola Ahmed Tinubu and running mate to late Abubakar Audu, Hon James Faleke, were making governance of Kogi state unbearable for him.

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