Indications have emerged that the National leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu may have shifted allegiance from his party’s Presidential candidate, Mohammadu Buhari to that of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar towards the 2019 Presidential election.
The Southwest strong politician is said to be weighing his options as he may not be able to bear the humiliation that may follow, should antagonists succeed in pushing out the APC chairman, Adams Oshiomole, following growing call for his removal by Governors in the party.
Jagaban, a close source said, is restrategising ahead of the coming elections as a result of what the source described as his measure to ” avert repeat humiliation “
Thepage source confirmed that already a meeting has been scheduled to hold between Tinubu and Atiku in Ghana over the issue.
Tinubu it was gathered, started reconsidering his support for the Buhari presidency after the emergence of his bossom friend and political ally, Atiku Abubarkar as the presidential candidate of the PDP.
According to sources, the Jagaban of Borgu’s camp was jolted by the popularity so far garnered by the candidature of Atiku, especially within major interests in the Southwest because of his (Atiku) restructuring agenda which APC had been reluctant to pursue despite initial promise.
Apart from these interests having reached out to Tinubu to throw his weight behind the restructuring of the country, Thepage sources confirmed that Tinubu himself believed in the restructuring of the country, but had refused to mouth it of recent to prevent open opposition with his party’s position on the issue.
Thepage gathered that, should Tinubu eventually decide to support the Atiku bid, the restructuring issue would be his public alibi for doing so.
In what our source also described as the ground preparation for the launch of his restructuring campaign along the Atiku narrative, former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande at the weekend purportedly spoke the mind of Tinubu in far away United states of America where he delivered a talk tagged “Devolution Of Powers and National Restructuring”
“I can confirm to you that the position Baba canvassed in America is Asiwaju’s position and by the time every plans would have been perfected, Asiwaju will take the narrative from Baba” canversed our source.
In the paper which he delivered at the APC-USA Second Annual Convention in Washington DC, United States of America where he was guest of honour, Akande faulted the previous military governments that ruled Nigeria for 29 years since independence, for creating what he described as the ‘lopsided political structure’ of the country.
The former Osun State governor accused the military of creating states and local governments by fiat selfish reasons rather than through any scientific political reasoning.
He lamented that the military might have inequitably created more local governments per population per state in the North than in the South, thereby giving the North an unfair advantage in revenue allocation from the national treasury.
He therefore called for restructuring, which he described as “equitable rearrangement and redistribution of the existing states and local governments per population within the various ethnic nationalities”.
Appropriate amendments to the country’s constitution, according to him, will be required to accommodate the various rearrangements and redistributions.
He identified restructuring as a Herculean task for all Nigerians compared to the political change of power for which the APC was put together.
Chief Akande, making public this time,the position on restructuring, which is in line with the Chief agenda of Atiku as the campaigns beckons, our source informed, was not a coincidence. But a foundation laying for what may take place soon since Chief Akande and Tinubu are not known to share different views on political issues.
Incidentally, the Tinubu shift in allegiance plan is being made easy with the growing campaign against the APC chairman, Adams Oshiomole which our source said, may make Tinubu reconsider is involvement with the APC if Oshiomole is eventually pushed out.
According to Thepage source who is also a force within the Tinubu political space, the former Governor of Lagos state can not afford to operate in the party again, without a little control of its structure which he seems to have gotten under the Oshiomole dispensation.
“Tinubu is aware that those calling for the removal of Oshiomole are also indirectly saying they want Tinubu’s influence withered and with the experience of the Oyegun era when he lost influence in the party still fresh, Asiwaju will naturally review his relationship with the president should Oshiomole leaves”
According to the source, Tinubu may not dump the APC, but strike a working relationship with Atiku on how to deliver the Southwest for the 72 year old PDP candidate for the presidential election.
* By Femi Adepoju
Aregbesola Camp Kicks As Osun APC Endorses Oyetola For Second Term
The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Osun State has endorsed Governor Gboyega Oyetola for another term.
The party also adopted consensus model for the ward congress of Saturday.
The Chairman of the Congress Electoral Panel, Senator Gbenga Elegbeleye, at a meeting with party leadership in Osogbo, the state capital, on Friday evening said due process would be followed during the exercise.
Senator Sunday Fajinmi from Iwo, Ayedire and Ola-Oluwa Federal Constituency moved motion for the adoption of the incumbent state Chairman of the party, Prince Adegboyega Famodun, and the endorsement of Oyetola for second term.
The motion was seconded by Hon. George Jolaoye, a former House of Representatives member.
Oyetola and top party faithful in the state including former Deputy Governor, Mrs Titilaoye Laoye Ponle, Senator Iyiola Omisore and Sooko Adeleke Adewoyin who were at the meeting confirmed the adoption of consensus model.
Also, the Senator representing Osun Certral, Dr Basiru Ajibola, and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, while speaking on behalf of all legislators in the state, also confirmed the adoption of consensus model for the exercise.
Oyetola said the adoption of consensus was to prevent rancour and appealed to members of the party in the state to conduct themselves peacefully during the process.
The governor said necessary security arrangements have been put in place to ensure safety of lives and property across the state before, during and after the Congress.
But the camp of the former governor of the state and Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, said the consensus arrangement was designed to edge out he and his followers from the control of the party structure in the state.
The Secretary of the party, Mr Rasaq Salinsile, and the former Chairman of the party who are in Aregbesola’s camp, said they were not aware of the consensus arrangement.
Also, some APC women and youths staged peaceful protest claiming that Senator Gbenga Elegbeleye Congress Electoral Panel did not carry them along.
The protesters led by Mr Rasheed Raji alleged that Oyetola and Famodun camped the Congress Electoral Panel.
They also claimed that party members did not have access to the panel and Congress materials.
APC Congresses: Ajibulu Wants Oshiomole’s Recall, Backs Southern Governor in Ekiti
Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC), congresses scheduled to hold across the country on Saturday, party stalwart, Chief Segun Ajibulu has called on leaders to exercise restraint before dabbling into what may result into a collosal electoral doom for the party in coming polls.
Ajibulu dropped the hint against the lingering controversies trailing the credibility of the Governor Buni led national caretaker committee of the APC, to conduct foolproof elections.
He also expressed worry on the APC leadership arrangements in Ekiti state, rooting that the next governor should come from the Southern part.
Demands for the dissolution of the current national caretaker committee, peaked with the narrow margined victory of the Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu at the Supreme court yesterday.
The 4 to 3 decision of the judges at the apex court had exposed the legal implications of the Buni led caretaker committee, in conducting unchallengeable elections.
Reacting, Ajibulu advised that the APC, through its leadership tow the safe track by calling back the Adams Oshiomole leadership to midwife pending congresses and elections to lend needed legal teeth to the exercises.
According to him; ” time is of essence and the only way to move with time is to return to status quo. We need to avoid every vindictive strategy that may turn our victory to waste at the electoral tribunals. And to achieve this, we all must be ready to bury the past, discard with ego and work our party to assured victory,” he said.
Ajibulu, who bemoaned the polarisation of the APC in Ekiti state, also called on every warring parties to shielth swords and come together in unity to see APC to victory in the state.
He prevailed on party hierarchy in the state to begin the peace process by zoning the next governorship slot to the South.
According to him, the fact that the southern Ekiti has not produced governor since the creation of the state, is a silent war that no amount of justifications can win.
“If we see ourselves as brothers, if we see ourselves as one, morality demands that we should cede governorship to the South in the coming elections. The governorship has gone round the north and the central sections of Ekiti and it is just fair to now consider the South.
“I also want to call on our politicians from the South to work together and narrow down on one or two persons to represent them and avoid multiple aspirations which result may be counterproductive.
“I believe the southern Ekiti is not in short of credible and knowledgeable politicians who can represent them and lead the state satisfactorily,” he said
2023 Presidency: Tinubu Chases Fayemi Out Of Kano
As Southwest presidential hopefuls begin to seek support across the country, the Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has experienced a shock treatment in Kano.
The Ekiti state governor’s hope of a support base in the populous Northern Nigeria state has been dashed by his political godfather, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, himself a Presidential aspirational.
ThePageNews reliably gathered that, in the bid to erect a political base in the state, Fayemi raised a strategic campaign cum lobby group,to penetrate Kano state and establish a noticeable presence, as foundation for a potential massive political platform to work for the actualization of the alleged presidential ambition of the former Minister.
According to ThePageNews source, Fayemi’s men were told in Kano that they should look elsewhere for support for their principal, as major relevant political groups in the state have pledged support for the aspiration of Tinubu.
It was further gathered that, the Fayemi team which refused to give up hope easily, intensified on their lobby, but couldn’t find a headway,as they were told by every group in the state about their allegiance to Tinubu’s presidential ambition.
Our source mentioned that, the Kano area has been locked down politically by the APC leader, Asiwaju, to sustain his presidential ambition of 2023.
It was further gathered that, the move to secure Kano ahead of the 2023 political game, especially as it affects Tinubu’s ambition was strategic.
ThePageNews was told that, because of the population relevance of the state to presidential elections, Tinubu who is a friend to the Kano state governor, Abdulahi Ganduje, has used the influence of the governor to secure,what our source described as a cult followership for Tinubu in the pursuit of his presidential ambition.
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