APC crises: Tinubu, Akande meet Buhari

February 13th, 2018

* Abdusalami hold talks with President

By Chesa Chesa

National Leader if the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has just arrived the Aso Rock Villa for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Tinubu, who was accompanied by first chairman of the party, Bisi Akande, was last week appointed by Buhari to lead the ‘consultation, reconciliation and confidence building’ efforts in the fractured party ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Details of Tinubu’s assignment or terms of reference were not made public but this is his first meeting with Buhari since the appointment.

The President’s Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement issued last Tuesday, explained that “the assignment will involve resolving disagreements among party members, party leadership and political office holders in some states of the Federation”, he said.

Incidentally, Tinubu, had been severally reported to be displeased with the presidency owing to allegations of being marginalised; but he has equally strongly denied the reports and stated that he remained strongly loyal to Buhari.

The APC has lately witnessed some cracks within its ranks in some states and at the party top hierarchy as party leaders jostle for relevance.

The most recent upheaval has been in Kano State where the governor, Umar Ganduje and his predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, have been embroiled in a bitter political rivalry.

This has created a huge crack in the party in the state and it got to a head last week when the State government and the police barred Kwankwaso from coming to Kano to hold a rally.

Incidentally, Kano State is one of President Buhari’s strongholds in terms of garnering votes, so much so that he recently declared that he had the state in pocket.

It is believed that electoral fortunes of the APC could dip if Kwankwaso and his supporters desert the party before 2019 polls or work against it during the polls.

Similar battles of wits among party leaders are raging in Sokoto, Zamfara, Kaduna, and others, including the President’s home state of Katsina.

In Sokoto, Governor Aminu Tambuwal is squared against former governor Aliyu Bafarawa; while Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State is battling with Senator Shehu Sani, who is believed to be preparing to contest for the governorship next year.

Some party leaders are also reported to be up in arms against the national chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, who they want kicked out before the next general elections.

Meanwhile, Buhari Tinubu arrived the Villa, former head of state, General Abdusalami Abubakar, had meet behind closed doors with Buhari, and left without speaking to the press on his mission.

Abubakar, is chairman of the National Peace Committee, which sought to facilitate a rancour-free 2015 presidential election and seamless handover of power from the past administration of Goodluck Jonathan to Buhari.

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