The National leader of the All People’s Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu may have lost faith in his party retaining the presidency even as he has refused to mobilise supporters financially for the re election bid of President Muhamadu Buhari.
The move, sources close to the former Lagos State governor, said may not be unconnected with his lack of enthusiasm and lost of confidence in president Buhari’s chances of retaining the presidency especially, following what a source called the ” President’s strange anti party moves”
According to our source, Asiwaju lost faith in the entire project following the ridicule he suffered in the hands of the President during the Abeokuta presidential campaign and the loss of his dependable allies to the opposing clique within the APC.
” Asiwaju felt let down no doubt, because he believed the pronouncement in Abeokuta that party members should vote for any gubernatorial candidate of their choice across party line was a serious political miscalculation and a deliberate means to water down his influence and give Amosun undue advantage over him in the political superiority contest between the two South west senior APC chieftains when it was evident that Asiwaju had a hand in the candidacy of Dapo Abiodun the APC gubernatorial candidate in Ogun state.”
What is more, the source said the President’s position has seriously affected the chances of Asiwaju delivering the Southwest and Ogun state in particular, for the party in the coming election and according to him, even in the face of the rapid popularity of the former Vice President Atiku Abubarka who is also contesting against the president.
Insisting that Asiwaju has lost faith in the Buhari project , our source hinted that the picture that went virile, where the APC chieftain posed with some people branded in Atiku/Obi campaign attire was deliberate and meant to send a signal.
The source further told ThePage that it is for the same reason Asiwaju “has refused to be turned into ATM by surpporters in the name of mobilising for Buhari” and as a result, political activities that require financial mobilisation in Lagos for instance is at a very low ebb, with Local Government bosses as the worse hit.
The National leader did not mince words when the supporters met him few days ago to be mobilised against the postponed last Saturday presidential election, as he told them in a plain language that he can only compensate them after the election is contested and won.
In the meeting with party supporters last Thursday, the 14 of February, three days to the postponed Presidential election, part of which details of the discussion is contained in a trending leaked tape, Asiwaju said as registered APC members, the supporters should get their neighbours to come out and vote for the APC, adding that “it is after I have seen the favourable results of the elections that I will bring out good money”
Registering that he was not relying on the President to fulfil his promise, Tinubu said
“Buhari does not have the money that I want to steal and he doesn’t have the money I want to take from him. So whatever I’m promising you is for real – and it is coming from my own pocket. It is not until I go to Alausa before I can get money to give you.”
Lamenting that he had been shortchanged severally in the past under the pretest of election mobilisation, the APC moneybag insisted that this time, he wants to see result and compensate the facilitators instead of mobilising in form of money before the election.
Thepage was further informed that, the APC leader’s body language is beginning to affect a lot of his foot soldiers as some prominent among them who are beginning to believe the outcome of the elections may not be favourable to the party are said to have formed underground alliances with the opposition.
The resultant loss of his dependable foot soldiers it was gathered, neccesitated Asiwaju’s decision to woo back some of his old allies who had abandoned him, to enable him reinforce his depleted ” army”.
For instance, it was gathered that it was for this reason he played a vital role in the reabsorption of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro into the APC as well as the movement of the former Lagos PDP chairman, Salvador, into the APC.
But these replacements are believed to be lacking the capacity of the likes of Former Governor Fashola, the Ekiti state Governor, Fayemi, Muiz Banire, Fuad Oki, among others they are meant to replace.
Aside Senator Tokunboh Afikuyomj, Fuad Oki and Muiz Banire who have since made public their stands, Thepage gathered that many prominent members of the Asiwaju’s clan have already enlisted with the opposition, with some using the treatment metted out to Governor Ambode of Lagos state in his bid to get re election ticket as excuse.
Already, the Ambode factor is beginning to tell on the fortunes of the party in Lagos as witnessed in the failure of the National leader to galvanise the expected human surpport for the president at the recently held campaign rally of the APC.
Thepage reliably gathered that the Ambode structure was not represented at the event, eventhough the Governor was the one mobilised from the Presidency to put the event together.
” Though Ambode did the needful by providing all the amenities needed to make the rally a success, but he deliberately refused to mobilise his people to the rally,” a source hinted.
A delighted Ambode, was quoted to have informed the presidency that Lagosians were not well represented at the rally as a result of the refusal of his surpporters to turn up for obvious reason.
The development, it was gathered, is beginning to give serious concern to some leaders in the party who believe the Asiwaju’s full suport is needed by President Buhari to get re elected.
However, Thepage gathered that the development is exciting to some party leaders who sources said are hell bent on frustrating the National leader out of the party as they believe that he has waned considerably in value and has sympathy for Vice President Atiku Abukarka.
By Femi Adepoju