Why Jubrin Was Wrong To Say APC National Leader Is Meant To Succeed Buhari

The 2023 presidential election is fast approaching and it is no longer a secret that former Lagos state governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, intends to run for president. To this end, in the midst of some opposition to his ambition, there are people who have staunchly supported him so far, such as Abdulmumin Jibrin.

Abdulmumin Jibrin, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress and Director-General of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Support Group Management Council, recently appeared on an interview on Arise TV, where he was quizzed on the former governor's chances of becoming the president. 

During the interview, which is now rather infamous for Jubrin's unsatisfactory answers to questions regarding Tinubu's source of wealth as well as his age, an erroneous assertion was made by the chieftain in the matter of how the next president should be picked.

In advocating for Tinubu's presidency over that of Yemi Osinbajo, Jubrin said that the vice president is normally meant to succeed the president in a democracy. However, he went on to say that it is not yet Osinbajo's time and that Tinubu is the more qualified of the two.

Jubrin then added that in a modern democracy, the National Leader of the ruling party should be the one to succeed the president. He argued that it should have been the vice president, but as Tinubu is more qualified, the position should go to him. Does this sound democratic?

Saying that the vice president is the one meant to succeed the president in a democracy can not be further from the truth. Since when did occupying such a post guarantee anyone the presidency? In fact, the Constitution provides that this can only happen under very specific circumstances, which include the resignation of the current president; his impeachment by the National Assembly; his temporary or permanent incapacity, or death, as seen in the case of Goodluck Jonathan who succeeded the late Yar'Adua. 

If the vice president is not constitutionally empowered to automatically succeed the president on the expiration of his tenure, why should the national leader of the ruling party even be considered? There is no legal document whatsoever to back up this claim.

In a democracy, the rule of law is upheld and periodic elections are the way to go in determining the holder of the title of president. Furthermore, it is meant to be a reflection of the people's will, not the imposition of a candidate solely because of the position he occupies.

With this analysis, it can be seen that Jubrin's assertion regarding Tinubu's "right" to the presidency is actually flawed. Like every other candidate, the former governor will have to campaign actively for the post and convince the majority of Nigerians that he is the man for the job, because the fact that he is the national chairman of APC will not be enough.

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