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Nigeria 2023: Has Tinubu lost control of Nigeria’s South-West?

By Akin Irede
Posted on Monday, 25 October 2021 11:02

Former governor of Lagos state Bola Ahmed Tinubu (C) speaks to electoral officials before voting in governorship elections in Lagos, Nigeria. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Frontline presidential hopeful, Bola Tinubu, plans to become Nigeria’s leader in 2023, but cracks in his political base in the recently conducted congresses expose weaknesses that are being exploited by his contenders.

In 2011, Tinubu – a stalwart of the Action Congress of Nigeria, was the undisputed leader of the south-west, Nigeria’s second-largest political bloc.

His former chief of staff, Babatunde Fashola, was governor in Lagos and handled administrative issues while Tinubu maintained the political structure.

In neighbouring Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun had just emerged governor thanks to Tinubu’s support.

In Oyo State, his bosom friend, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, had also won the governorship election, while in Osun, his former aide and loyalist Rauf Aregbesola held the fort.