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‘Exclusive’ GEJ’ll beat Tinubu at APC primary election, Segun Akinyemi, declares

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‘Exclusive’ GEJ’ll beat Tinubu at APC primary election, Segun Akinyemi, declares

A popular media, entertainment and political analyst, Segun Akinyemi, fondly called Sky, stated that the former Nigerian president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, will leave Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the dust in the forthcoming All Progressives Congress’ presidential primary election. He made this known to Freelanews during an exclusive chat with the publisher, VICTOR OJELABI, on the state of the nation.

Akinyemi also discussed about of the PDP aspirant in Lagos State, Dr. Abdul-Azeez Adediran, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, former vice president, Atiku Abubakar and the general election in 2023.

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It’s in the news earlier today that the former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, has made a u-turn regarding the purchase of presidential nomination form. Will you still support him now that he has decided to join the race?

Yes I do sir. Like I said previously, if he finally decides to contest, he will be my first choice. My second choice is Atiku and then followed by Osinbajo in that order.

Fourth, Tinubu? Or he’s not on your list at all 🤔

He’s a powerful and legendary politician no doubt, but not in my purview of candidates to support 🙂

Peter Obi has been widely reported to be the darling of most Nigerians if PDP is to be considered. Do you think he has a chance at the primary? Is it true Atiku’s candidacy is being considered by PDP at the detriment of zoning because he’s wealthy or because the party doesn’t have worthy candidate to take on APC considering the financial standing of the ruling party at the moment? You know the power of incumbency sometimes play a major role in election and sales of forms too.

No sir. I don’t think Obi can defeat Atiku at the primaries; they are better off as running mates. And I think Atiku is being favoured due to his antecedents, wide network and political structure rather than his pocket.

Can you enumerate these antecedents?

He’s experienced, has national acceptability, liberal and detribalised, one of the largest employer of labour in the private sector, passion for a united Nigeria. He is also a business oriented thinker and implementer.

Segun Akinyemi

Ok. Should we now assume that PDP considers antecedents, whether real or exaggerated, as factors to backing a candidate from top to bottom? For instance, it’s obvious that Seyi Makinde won’t be changed by PDP in Oyo State because of his antecedents of performing more than the late governor. Is this statement true?

I think just like a football team considers their best players for a match, a political party also considers their best aspirant and puts them forward for an election.

His Excellency Atiku Abubakar has always shown capacity as a heavyweight politician and I think this is visible judging by results of the 2019 elections.

Considering the fact that the PMB administration has lost a lot of goodwill it enjoyed in 2015, I think PDP hopes to capitalise on that to win more votes based on the disappointment of a huge proportion of Nigerians in Buhari and have since decided to stick with Atiku who came very to close to winning for the party in 2019.

Have you ever believed in zoning, Mr. Akinyemi?

Well, I have always believed in competence and capability of a candidate. While I accept that Nigeria is still hugely divided along ethno-religious lines and that zoning may be an antidote to still keep the union together, I am more concerned about the damage that has been done to the economy of the country and the precarious security situation on the ground, which makes me believe that what we need is a strong leader with the right business acumen and security strategy to steer our economic ship to safety for now and also guarantee protection of lives property.

And a Peter Obi doesn’t fill that space for you? By the way, is there any possibility that Atiku might forget his ambition and support Obi’s candidacy?

Peter Obi has an enviable record as a former Governor of Anambra state and his knowledge about the economy cannot be underestimated. However, I think he still needs to understudy someone like H.E ATIKU as vice for now to garner more experience and also familiarise himself with the dynamics power as regards to the northern oligarchy.

Are you also of the school of thought that to successfully navigate Nigerian politics at the national level, the northerners must be worshiped?

It’s only a political Neophyte that will fail to acknowledge the enormous power the North wields in Nigeria. Judging by our collective history, there’s no gainsaying that northern Nigeria was well favoured by our colonial masters at independence and that northern privilege still exists today. So any politician that intends to rule Nigeria must be acceptable to the north and must be able to garner enough votes from their region due to huge population of prospective voters.

You mentioned that GEJ remains your candidate. If he emerges as APC flagbearer and Atiku as PDP’s, will you still hold on to your stance?

Yes sir. That will remain my position and I am a loyal GEJ disciple regardless of political party 🙂 You can quote me on that.

Segun Akinyemi

So you will rather work for an APC candidate as a card carrying member of PDP?

Like I said, sir, GEJ remains my candidate 🙂

Let’s assume GEJ goes head to head with Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the APC presidential primary. Are you convinced the former won’t have his nose battered in the primary?

I think it will be a tough contest but I am optimistic that GEJ will carry the day due to the goodwill he enjoys.

Don’t you think you’re being over confident, Mr. Akinyemi? How will you assume a founding member and national leader of APC will lose a primary election to a last minute decampee?

As they say, 24 hours is a long time in politics and with Nigeria being a case study, nothing is impossible.

Mr. Akinyemi, as one of the PDP leaders in Lagos, is there going to be a primary election in the state? And who is your favourite candidate between Jandor and Doherty?

Yes. As far I’m aware, there would be a primary in Lagos and every aspirant will be able to contest on a level playing field. As for my choice I will say I’m more disposed towards the candidacy of Jandor due to the following factors.

  1. He is young, vibrant and brings a fresh lease of life to Lagos PDP, making him more sellable to the youth.
  2. His courage to challenge the status quo and cross over to the main opposition party.
  3. He is deep knowledge of Lagos grassroot politics having emerged from a humble background in Mushin.
  4. He has a solid structure to bring to the table via his Lagos4lagos movement which is very visible all through the length and breadth of the state.
  5. His humility, optimism and tenacity has suddenly revitalised the PDP in Lagos.

Well, some people are averse to the first item on number 6 though. But I want to believe that may not count in the elections. However, bearing in mind that all the four corners of the state are well held by APC, what creative angle are you bringing to snatch Alausa away from the current occupant?

Well, it’s a myth that all corners of Lagos are held firmly by APC. In a free and fair elections, Lagos is there for the taking by PDP. In 2019, there were videos of violence being unleashed on PDP strongholds in Lagos by hoodlums suspected to be working for APC in order to disenfranchise voters. If these security lapses are taken care of and with the introduction of the BOVAS system by INEC, which uploads results from polling units to the INEC server in real time, then I can assure you that PDP will win Lagos state hands down.

So aside from relying on INEC to protect the votes as there is yet to be sanity Nigerian elections to ensure a totally free and fair one, is there anything PDP is planning to counter the alleged expected violence by APC loyalists during the election?

Well, yes, there are a lot security measures we hope to put in place to protect votes but I’m unable to disclose them due to security reasons.

Legally? Or you’re planning to meet violence with violence?

Ofcourse, whatever measures we deploy would be as permitted within the law.

How will you score Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration in Lagos and why do you think the state deserves another person?

Well, I think Mr Sanwo-Olu has done averagely well. But I expect more visible results based on the resources available at the state’s disposal. He has a good team working with him but there are still some grey areas that needs to be worked on. I am an advocate of internal democracy and I think a state like Lagos deserves to be able to elect independent governors without being subjected to the whims and caprices of an individual. I also think a cosmopolitan state like Lagos needs to be more transparent with its finances rather running a government where a lot of financial dealings are opaque and shrouded in secrecy.

Segun Akinyemi

Are you insinuating that there is zero accountability in Sanwo-Olu’s government?

I did not make a categorical statement in regards to that but like most capital cities in the world, Lagos state should do more to inform the public about how tax payers fund are used. For example in the UK, just by clinking on a few links, you can see the total breakdown of the expenditure of the City of London, all boroughs and local councils in the capital. I may be wrong but I am not sure Lagos state practises that yet. Also the refusal of the LASG to sign the FOI act despite a court order to do so is regrettable.

Are you concerned about the FOI bill in Lagos because of politics or public goodwill? Because it is alleged in some quarters that your candidate, Jandor, may be digging for documents to find faults in the current government of Lagos State and use them against Sanwo-Olu with in the coming election? And why do you think Lagos State government is kicking against FOI?

I think it’s in the best interest of the public and taxpayers to know how their funds are being spent. This is not about politics at all and trust me to demand such from JANDOR when he emerges as governor. Secondly I am not aware of JANDOR digging out any incriminating documents on Gov Sanwo-Olu. I am lost to why it’s difficult for the LASG to sign the FOI act but I can only guess that there are certain elements with vested interests who would rather have that status quo maintained.

Thanks for your time, Mr. Segun Akinyemi. It has been a pleasure chatting with you.

😂😂 You are most welcome my distinguished publisher.

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