10th NASS: We underestimated Tinubu’s criminality before, never again — Reno Omokri says


Political commentator Reno Omokri has said that opposition leaders underestimated the political cunning of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu when he ran for office on the ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in February.

Omokri, who shared this in a statement on Tuesday afternoon, urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to “outfox” the former Lagos Governor in the ongoing Nigerian Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

The social media commentator, who served as an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, also satirically accused Tinubu of conducting organised crime in early 1990s Chicago.

Omokri said, “When General Buhari said the opposition lost the last election because we were overconfident, he was not correct. He was almost accurate but not quite so.


“We were not overconfident, so to speak. Rather, we had underestimated the political cunning of Bola Tinubu. I say we because of the principle of collective responsibility, even though I personally had not underestimated him, and I urged my colleagues not to do so.

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“For a man to have run a very tight operation in Chicago in the early 1990s, when the US war on drugs still had its post-Reagan bite, he must know a thing or two about organisation.

“And for him to have assembled the coalition of strange political bedfellows that unseated a popular incumbent President was an indication of his keen mobilisation skills.

“And then again, to have calculated the attitude of the Muslim core North, so far ahead, towards his Muslim-Muslim ticket is a display of his cold-hearted determination and deep shrewdness.

“We in the opposition must not underestimate this man again. We must outfox him in court. And if we are not able to pull that out, then we must unite and produce the National Assembly leadership to check Tinubu.

“If he was able to rig us out when he was not in Aso Rock, imagine what he will do if (not when) he gets to Aso Rock and stays there.”