Tinubu Forfeits Yoruba Leadership To Obasanjo …The Alaba Lawson, Shade Tinubu Role

The days of the begging issue of Yoruba leadership could be back again. The latest fantasy is woven around the iconic former President Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, who is being touted as the next Yoruba leader after the late Chief Abraham Adesanya of the NADECO fame.
The hope is now being built around Obasanjo as the likely most qualified Yoruba leader, dead or alive?
Sources said that, discerning Nigerians at home and abroad are paying closer attention to the latest thinking that, already, Obasanjo is the undisputable leader of the South West region.
Obasanjo was said to have won himself this credit having “single-handedly” ensured the victory of the South-West Governors during his first term as president.

Meanwhile, sources have said that the possible contention of the Yoruba leadership between Obasanjo and the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, does not arise at all. According to them, “there is not an issue of contention between Tinubu and Obasanjo because, there is no Yoruba man alive who is bigger than Obasanjo and, besides, no Yoruba can claim to be Obasanjo’s leader now.”
It was said that, since the merger of his political party, the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and others that formed the main opposition APC, Tinubu has mellowed on his criticisms of the elderly Obasanjo who he believes has a lot to give in terms of personality support and wise counsel for the success of the APC as it struggles to wrest power from the ruling  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the centre.
The Iyaloja-General of Lagos, Chief (Mrs.) Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, it should be noted, was a frequent guest at Obasanjo’s Abeokuta hilltop residence soon after she was installed. Sources said that she was the peace maker between his father, Asiwaju Tinubu and Obasanjo, considering that the two were poles apart for many years following President Obasanjo’s seizure of the Lagos State allocation while Tinubu was governor and refused to release the money in spite of a court order to the contrary.
‘When an elder in Yorubaland qualifies an individual with moral uprightness, and reputable character, the individual is ‘Omoluabi’, said the source, who added that the Iyalode of Egbaland, Chief (Mrs.) Alaba Lawson, was also one of those that influenced the reconciliation of Obasanjo and Tinubu.
There is no gainsaying that Obasanjo failed in his leadership of the Yoruba right from his position as civilian president. Of course, majority of his people did not support him in the first instance. But, presently, stakeholders from the South Western part of the country have formed a forum for the defence of Yoruba interests, and as such, may sooner than later adopt Obasanjo as Yoruba leader.

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