How Ganduje Turns APC into Opposition’s Nightmare – Comrade Abdulhakeem Adegoke Alawuje
Experience, capacity capability, tolerance and large-heartedness of the leadership of the Abdullahi Umar Ganduje-led All Progressives Congress has practically turned the party into the nightmare of all the major opposition parties in Nigeria.
Ganduje’s political sagacity earned him success in the recent Imo and Kogi States gubernatorial elections just as he is about to reclaim the APC mandate in Kano, Zamfara and Plateau States.
Like the President, like the Chairman! With the duo of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Ganduje, major opposition parties already know they are in for difficult times in the political field of play.
Underrate Ganduje at your peril. Judging the former Kano State governor from a distance because of his lacklustre look and underrating him by his unintelligent look may truly be misleading. You may never know how skilful and how intelligent he is.
However, those who know Ganduje too well, including the opposition that has experienced his fight will testify to his doggedness as a fighter who mostly keeps his plans to his chest and hits at you when you least expect.
I met with Ganduje several times as a governor, I have equally interacted with him on many occasions, and I can confirm to you that he is a cool-headed politician, an accurate political calculator who now has a political transformer as President.
I personally admire Ganduje’s style of politics. His political scheme and calculations are always difficult to fathom by the novice and that quality makes his political enemies find him difficult to challenge.
Unlike his lousy opponents, Ganduje is a silent achiever. He is a drum filled with water – it makes no noise. Empty barrel, they say, makes the loudest noise.
As we all know, Tinubu is always painstaking in his appointments into strategic positions, hence, he took his time in search of a champion to drive the ruling party. As the Commander in Chief, Tinubu simply looked for someone who could allow him to go to bed with his two eyes closed.
It’s only hoped that others who have been appointed to strategic positions perform and deliver like Ganduje.
Of course, we are beginning to witness a ray of hope and improvements in many ministries such as The power Sector, under the leadership of Mr Bayo Adelabu who recently got commendations from the leadership of the National Assembly. Of course, The ministries of Works, Interior, Aviation, Technology and many more, including the FCT and already showing some signs of hope.
With stability within the party as well as the two houses of the National Assembly, Tinubu seems to be fully in charge administratively and politically. And with the combination of Tinubu-Ganduje the ruling party doesn’t seem to have meaningful opposition for now. It’s hoped they will wake up before 2027.
Because of his taciturnity and covert plans, Ganduje performs like magician and his target ccanbe predicted even before makes his moves. As a matter of fact, there is no political party in Nigeria that can boast of the kind of leadership of the Ganduje-led APC.
I was once in a meeting with Vice President Kashim Shettima a few weeks after the presidential primary, where he also affirmed Ganduje’s political intelligence.
Undoubtedly, APC got it right this time on the choice of its chairman. So, as Nigerians, we can only pray for sustained stability so that, on one hand, the government can be more focused on the delivery of good governance, and on the other, citizens can bountifully feel and reap the dividends of democracy as well as experience positive governance like never before in the history of Nigeria.
Abdulhakeem Adegoke Alawuje is the National Coordinator of the Disciples of Jagaban