Obasanjo and Tinubu: Calls for Unification, A Relevance or Contratriety?

When two elephants fight, the grass suffers!

That’s the notion held by indigenous people of Yoruba land and many Nigerians as to the discrepancies in ideologies held by these two political leaders who hail from the same region. However, there’ve been calls for unification between the two political giants.

Over the years, Former president, Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Obasanjo, and National leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu have been at loggerheads over national issues. The former president who currently has no political affiliation has always been a democrat with a conservative idea as a member of People’s Democratic Party(PDP) from 1999 to 2015 when he retired from active politics to become a national political advisor/mediator. On the other hand, The 2023 presidential candidate, Tinubu has held an unwavering progressive ideology since 1999 till date where he is a National leader of the All Progressive Congress(APC).

Mr Obasanjo was Nigerian president for eight years between 1999 and 2007 while Mr Tinubu governed Lagos within the same period. Both men disagreed on resource allocation and other key governmental issues.

Mr. Tinubu revealed in 2015 at the 78th birthday celebrations of President Obasanjo that the political disagreements between both leaders reshaped his life positively.


He said, “But how do you celebrate truly and honour a man who has kept you on your toes? Between Baba Olusegun Obasanjo and myself, what I can say is gratitude from me because you kept me on my toes.

What could this August meeting in August mean for the political landscape of Nigeria leading to the 2023 General elections?
Could there be a unification between two leaders from the same region but with distinct ideologies?

As the 2023 Elections draw near, there are a plethora of political questions but there is only one answer to all.

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