That legal challenge is now in process.  Unlike in the past, the current challenge is more robust and the evidence far more engaging.

This is a situation where it is the electoral commission, not Tinubu, that is on trial, although as the principal beneficiary of the commission’s work, Tinubu is evidently the most at risk.

What such an award to the APC candidate accomplished was to extend the bizarre Tinubu story where, with him, nothing is straightforward, and controversy is standard.

Tinubu is now perhaps the best-known politician to come out of Nigeria, but that is not because of his record of service or his accomplishments or his smarts or his oratory, but because of controversies wherever he has been, and whatever he has done.

Those controversies centre on his character, or lack of it, and will yield great doubts as to his mission and his motive, and therefore his ability to serve the popular interest.  This character question, which is an embarrassment to many Nigerians, will have a restraining impact not only on public policy, but on policy implementation.

Recently, for instance, Tinubu broached the c-word: corruption, the evil enterprise on which Nigeria floats, declaring that he will fight it.  While it is always a good pledge to hear, no Nigerian leader has demonstrated the will and each of them, including the lion from Daura which turned out to be a mouse, buckled under it.

My personal belief is that Tinubu will be worse than all of them. He cannot and will not confront corruption. However, if he says he wants to fight it, let him deploy the power of personal example.

As a man who comes to the presidency burdened by doubt and an extremely negative public perception arising from his governorship of Lagos State and his “one-man democracy” in the state since then, he can allay fears by going beyond the provisions of the constitution and making his assets declaration public.  That is the definition of goodwill and self-confidence. He must then compel his ministers and special advisers also to obey the law and declare their assets.

Of equal importance, Tinubu, if he is man enough, must probe the Buhari Years.  As a self-celebrated “anti-corruption fighter,” I am sure the former leader will not object to the examination of many of his policies and officials.

In this regard, Tinubu has already indicated that he will investigate that administration’s currency change this year.  There are many more.

Of course, Tinubu can look the other way.  He is expected to. But he must make up his mind whether to serve God or Mammon.  The Buhari administration became part of the mess it claimed it came to resolve; Tinubu can also become a part of that mess, but he cannot get to it or to the people responsible for it unless he goes through the Buhari layer.

The challenge for Tinubu is whether he chooses right or wrong. If he chooses the right one, he can write an entirely new story for himself, one that Nigeria’s beleaguered people will celebrate, regardless Tinubu’s darker past.  He may not have a long time.