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Opinion: Mayor Akinpelu’s Diary – Why Bola Tinubu May Not Be President – Naijanewsdirect

Mayor Akinpelu’s Diary Former governor of Lagos State Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the main story as to who could be President in 2023. Though he is yet to declare for President, the momentum is building quite strongly around his candidacy. There is no better proof of that than when he travelled abroad for knee surgery and then went to his London home to rest.   His London residence became a Mecca of a sort. Everybody, almost everybody that is important in the political space, went on a get-well-soon pilgrimage. The President, Muhammadu Buhari led the long list of well-wishers. He was the first to visit, followed by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.   Asiwaju Tinubu has since come back and the tempo is still high as ever. Various groups are being formed to actualize his dream of becoming President. There is Tinubu Support Group (TSG) which for now seems to be the leading vehicle for those supporters who wanted Asiwaju to be President. Another group, SWAGA, a South-West initiative, is also up and running and was launched recently with a lot of fanfare.   Asiwaju on his own has embarked on different visits across the country which many interpreted as building blocs for his presidential ambition. Tinubu had always wanted to be President. I think that ambition was nurtured during HOPE ’93 days. He was one of the lieutenants of Basorun M.K.O Abiola who won the 1993 presidential election that was annulled by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida. Tinubu, along with other patriots in NADECO fought against the annulment of ‘June 12’ election and like most people in NADECO at the time, went on exile. He came back to contest election and he was elected to become two-time governor of Lagos State. Though his politics was mostly played in the South-West region, he went into an

Tinubu Returns To Nigeria Ahead Of ‘SWAGA 2023’ Rally On Sunday – Naijanewsdirect

  Former Governor of Lagos state and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has arrived in Nigeria. Sources close to the National Leader said Tinubu came in the evening, Friday, 8 October, 2021 to beat his campaign group, SWAGA 2023 to the rally planned for Sunday, 10 October 2023, when they were hoping to receive him with a mother of all rallies that will shake the nation. Although, multiple sources said the rally may be postponed. “Asiwaju is not disposed to the elaborate rally  planned to receive him by his supporters because of the mood of the nation, that’s why he came in quietly, unannounced,” said a source who craves anonymity. It will be recalled that SWAGA 2023 launched the South West chapter of the campaign in Lagos on Thursday, 7 October, 2021 with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; leader of SWAGA, Senator Dayo Adeyeye; and his deputy, Senator Soji Akanbi;  as well as other APC stalwarts to kickstart the 2023 presidential campaign. Meanwhile, an organization known as Tinubu Support Organisation is holding a prayer session for Tinubu at Oduduwa Crescent, GRA Ikeja, Lagos on Saturday October 9, 2021.