There is unease in the camp of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, over the Presidential bid of the former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bode George.
Tinubu is believed to be warming up to take a shot at the Presidency, amidst agitation for the zoning of the position to the South-West.
Already, many groups and supporters of Asiwaju, in Lagos, have started mobilising and canvassing support for the Presidential bid of their Principal, a former Governor of the State.
Though, Tinubu has not formally declared intention to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, as he has repeatedly said that the time for 2023 electioneering is not ripe, his supporters are however, going ahead with the Tinubu project.
Nonetheless, those advocating for a Tinubu Presidency are jolted by the aspiration of George.
Indications emerged recently of George’s aspiration, following the floating of a political group, which is ostensibly a platform to kick off the Bode George project.
Findings indicated that the camp of Tinubu views Bode George’s ambition with mixed feelings.
Though, both men are in different political parties, the reality that another Candidate is emerging early from the South-West, and Lagos in particular, is being viewed seriously.
Reacting, an APC source said: “We have no problem with Chief Bode George declaring for the Presidency. But we expect him to rally round behind Tinubu, who has done a lot for the South-West, and remains a rallying force for the region in the present APC-led Federal Government.”
Another source, however, in the PDP, hinted that the Bode George’s Presidency fireworks would take a full swing by month end.
“We are going to come out with a bang, and take on the issues with maturity and wisdom. This is a new order that we are convinced would take Nigeria to the desired level.”
While speaking, a former Organising Secretary of the PDP, in Lagos, Chief Mutiu Okunola, who had since defected to the APC, and a strong promoter of Tinubu for 2023, however, saw the aspiration of Bode George as good for agitation for power rotation to the South-West.
According to him, he is convinced that Bode George would see the need to step down for Tinubu.
“Bode George is an asset and not a threat. Tinubu is younger than Bode George, he has won Lagos before, and he is still winning Lagos. Therefore, he is the main person contesting for Presidency in the South-West”, said Okunola, who is the Coordinator and Founder of Tinubu 2023 Not Negotiable, TNN.