* Oshiomhole, SGF, Tinubu, others fingered
From Steve Oko, Umuahia
The under currents that resulted to the abysmal performance of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in the South East geopolitical zone in the just -concluded elections have been exposed.
The AUTHORITY in Umuahia was reliably informed that the national leadership of the party as well as some powerful individuals in the party were responsible for the shocking development.
An insider source confided in our correspondent that some powerful individuals in the party betrayed the party’s candidates in the zone because of personal interests.
The source said the affected bigwigs “actually held” a secret meeting with South East Governors where they traded the interest of the party for their selfish gains.
Asked if the alleged secret deal between the party bigwigs and South East Governors had to do with the speculated concession of 25% votes to APC during the presidential poll in exchange for the affected governors to retain their seats, the source simply said “there is an element of truth in every rumour”.
The source said the Governors actually held a meeting with the APC bigwigs in Enugu shortly before the presidential poll.
“It was at the meeting chaired by Secretary to the Federal Government, SGF, that the APC governorship candidates in the zone were betrayed “, the source lamented.
The source claimed that the National Leader of the party, Ahmed Tinubu, APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole were all aware of the meeting although it declined from confirming if the duo were present at the meeting.
“Forget their pretensions. They actually sealed a deal with Governors from South East.
“That is why they allowed the Governors to rig themeselves back to power at the polls.
“Instead of working for the success of APC candidates in the zone our party leaders even allowed the governors unfettered access to the instruments of state.
“You would have noticed that even the federal agencies cooperated with the governors in their brazen electoral malpractice during the poll.
“Otherwise how do you explain a situation, for instance in Abia State where the APC governorship candidate who was more popular than other contestants was rigged out?”
The source expressed sadness at the hypocrisy of the APC leaders, describing it as a big deceipt and a shocking development.
“If they had spent half of the energy they dissipated in Rivers and Akwa Ibom, there was no way APC would not have taken at least two states in the South East “.
The source also accused the APC bigwigs of “wittingly working against” the interest of South East because 2023 presidency.
He alleged that part of their game plan was to weaken APC in the South East by 2023 so that the zone could not be strong enough to press for the presidency.
“This is nothing but struggle for 2023. If you are a politician you will understand that the South West is already positioning for 2023. Their intention is to scheme South East out of 2023 by creating the wrong impression that APC has no strong base in the zone but such dangerous politics will backfire against the party because the zone is too big to be ignored “.
The source said the same cabal was already making serious plans to deny the zone the right to produce the Senate President as was promised before the elections.