Both men operate in the country’s circus called politics. One is the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission. His name is Mahmood Yakubu, a guerilla warfare expert and Professor of Political History and International Studies. The other is the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, to which the ruthless National Union of Road Transport Workers is beneficially affiliated. His full name is Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Jagaban Borgu. At their respective levels, Tinubu and Yakubu control some levers capable of determining the swing of electoral pendulum in Nigeria’s impending general election. While Yakubu is the nation’s electoral referee, Tinubu is a gifted political striker, leading the re-election offensive of the ruling APC. Tinubu spoke on February 14, the day when Valentine died for love. Yakubu spoke a day after, precisely, the night before the presidential and legislative elections were to hold. Tinubu spoke in relation to the 2019 elections. So did Yakubu. While Tinubu’s speech was a pure vandalism of democracy, Yakubu’s speech was a broad daylight rape on its altar. Tinubu’s latest speech was a much worse version of the nonsense he spewed last September at the palace of the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, during the countdown to the Osun State governorship election, when he boasted of being richer than the Land of the Virtue. I’ll come back to Tinubu’s speech shortly; Yakubu’s speech demands a national emergency!

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