As the race for the 2023 presidency hots up, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Obadiah Mailafia,has revealed what he calls a plan to ‘use and crush’ Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Lagos state Governor and a chieftian of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
In an interview with Punch Newspaper, Mailafia also described the governor of Kaduna, Nasir Elrufai, following his “Lagos Godfather’ statement, as “a man of ambition who is susceptible to grand self-delusions of the order of Bonaparte.”
Read his full statement below.
“The 1999 constitution does not require ‘zoning’ as such. However, I believe that evolving constitutional conventions and norms lead us ineluctably in that direction,” he said.
“Governor Nasir el-Rufai is evidently a man of ambition, and often susceptible to grand self-delusions of the order of Bonaparte. Obasanjo in his memoirs describes him (el-Rufai) as someone who is loyal only to himself.
“At a dinner lecture in Lagos recently, he fired salvos at the lion of Bourdillon, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The latter, we all concede, has this extraordinary clairvoyance and percipience for identifying talents and mentoring them for leadership. But Jagaban Borgu has been abjectly naïve.
“He does not know that they just want to use him and crush him. He would be wise to be wary of those whose traditions of rulership allows them to give their daughter to you in marriage only for the sole purpose of finding out your innermost weaknesses, the better to destroy you.”
He highlighted that Tinubu does not seem to understand “the kind of political animals he is dealing with.”
“He doesn’t realise that the game-plan is to exploit to the fullest his political and financial capital and to forebear with him until such a time as they are in a position to run him aground,”.
He added that Tinubu has the right to aspire to become president but “the north will not relinquish power any time soon.”