APC Crisis: Tinubu settles with former political foes
The national leader of the party, All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is said to be making peace with his former political foes in the South-West in order to consolidate his influence in the region with the ongoing crisis rocking the party.
According to a report by Punch, Mr Tinubu has been shortchanged by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government after helping to install Mr Buhari as president.
Mr Tinubu’s loyalists have listed Buhari’s hostile actions against the APC national leader to include the exclusion of his candidates from Buhari’s final ministerial list, the gang-up against his candidate in the Kogi governorship election, James Faleke, who was the late Audu Abubakar’s running mate; and the alleged fraud against his candidate in the Ondo governorship primary, Olusegun Abraham.
A chieftain of the party in Osun state who was quoted in the report said; “This is the beginning of the end of the APC. The party will shatter into smithereens. We are ready for them. They are going nowhere.
“We know the political leader of the South-West and that person is unmistakably Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. They are envious of Tinubu’s achievements, but they don’t have Tinubu’s clout. None of those scrambling to wear Tinubu’s shoes have the clout to do so. These ingrates are the people that have benefitted immensely from Tinubu’s large-heartedness. Now, they are stabbing him in the back. We are in the South-West together, we shall see.”
Another top APC leader said apart from efforts to destroy Tinubu’s political structures, it is believed that the Buhari government would attack Tinubu by going after his business interests and associates.
“We won’t be surprised if the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission wakes up tomorrow to say they are probing Tinubu or his associates. They may even send the Department of State Services after him because that is the step the Buhari government has taken against all their perceived enemies. Asiwaju knows that they may come for him.”
Also reported was that Tinubu had reached out to prominent Yoruba leaders, such as Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa, Chief Olanihun Ajayi, among others, in the bid to reposition himself and the South-West.
It was also reported that an attempt at reconciling Tinubu and the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko is ongoing as some Yoruba leaders had volunteered to broker a truce between Tinubu and Mimiko. A top member of the APC who spoke in confidence with the newspaper said;
“Those leading the rebellion against Tinubu are politicians who lost their wards and constituencies in elections, even when they were governors. His loyalists are not in government, despite the contributions of Asiwaju to the 2015 electoral victory.
“Asiwaju has realised that they are ready to go to war with him so he is consolidating. This is not a time to hold on to past wounds and we are glad Yoruba elders who were critical of Tinubu before are rallying round him because they understand that this is a South-West matter. It is beyond our national leader. “The elders have held several meetings with him and they are realigning.
Don’t forget what Pa Ayo Adebanjo said; he said any insult to Asiwaju is an insult to the Yoruba race and Adebanjo is not known to be flippant in his choice of words.” Likewise, a former leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, told our correspondent in confidence that Tinubu had reconciled with some Yoruba leaders.
The source said, “I am aware that they (leaders) have held meetings. One of such meetings was held in Asiwaju’s home. The 2015 electioneering was a solo game for Tinubu.
The Yoruba leaders did not agree with him on the formation of the APC and the choice of the presidential candidate (Buhari). Now that the game is turning against him (Tinubu), he has to manoeuvre. However, I’m not sure that all the people he is realigning with can help him.”