by Kolapo Olapoju
Femi Aribisala, controversial scholar and international affairs expert, is of the opinion that by the time Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in as presidency, national leader of the All Progressives Congress, may become expendable.
Aribisala in an interview with Vanguard, believes that the northerners have an agenda, which will become known after May 29.
He says that despite the fact that Tinubu made Buhari the presidential candidate of the APC, he could not deliver the votes of the South-West, and this would work against him.
“I don’t agree that Tinubu made Buhari the president. Let’s get the facts right. Tinubu made Buhari the presidential candidate of the APC. But in the presidential election, Buhari did not win Tinubu’s votes. And that is part of the problem. All the discussion before was that everything would be determined in the South-West, but Tinubu did not deliver the South-West.”
“The margin of defeat in the presidential election was not much in Lagos. Tinubu, to some extent at the presidential level, is expendable. And that is the problem. You can actually not choose a president just from the North. It interests me that while the campaign was going on, all the northerners making noise that it was their turn disappeared.”
“They did not campaign with Buhari. The people campaigning were Tinubu, Amaechi, Fashola. I bet you that the northerners are going to come out come May 29. And you will see it happen. Don’t think that the people that had been clamouring for power to return to the North in the past six years, were doing that for Tinubu to inherit. I don’t believe that. They have an agenda. That is why I said the story is not told because the election has taken place, the story will unfold when the administration comes on board.”