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
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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