Today, May 29, 2023, President, Muhammadu Buhari passes the baton of leadership to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Nigeria finds itself amid a mixture of anticipation and unease.
With Tinubu assuming the Nigerian presidency, a sense of anticipation, intrigue and anxiety permeates the nation.
The journey to Tinubu’s presidency was not without its challenges and controversies, making his February 25, 2023, victory a significant milestone in the country’s political landscape.
DAILY POST reports that prior to the June 7, 2022, presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tinubu faced numerous odds against his candidacy.
Nicknamed the “Jagaban of Borgu,” Tinubu’s victory in the party’s primary election defied all odds and automatically set the stage for the transfer of power from President Buhari.
This unexpected turn of events ignited both anxiety and excitement across the nation.
Critics argued that he was too old and might not possess the necessary health and vigour to effectively govern Nigeria.
Also, one of the primary contenders for the APC ticket was Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who enjoyed substantial popularity among party members and the youth.
Some within the party advocated for Osinbajo’s candidacy, seeing him as a worthy successor to President Buhari. However, Tinubu’s widespread influence and adept politicking enabled him to outmanoeuvre his opponents and emerge as the party’s candidate, surpassing prominent contenders such as Osinbajo, Rotimi Amaechi, Tunde Bakare, among others.
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