If information gathered by Thepage concerning preparations by the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) towards its 2019 presidential election campaign in the Southwest are anything to go by, there are serious cause for concern.
Dependable sources within the fold have informed about a ‘ fierce battle’ within the presidency concerning who leads President Mohamadu Bubari’s campaign between its National leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and a set of a group labelled Buhari Boys, led by the Minister for Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola.
ThepageNews gathered that there have been an uneasy calm between the president”s two camps , said to have been dealing with themselves with suspicion.
According to a source within the camps, when it appeared that President Buhari was ready to do everything possible to appease Tinubu to work for his reelection after the perceived initial sidetrack, he started to put in place measures to restore his confidence in him as the president, hence the removal of former Chairman, Odigwe Oyegun.
The oyegun leadership was believed to have been in favour of the Southwest Buhari boys which primary objective was to water down Tinubu’s political influence within the presidency by dismantling his structures in the Southwest states where Tinubu is considered lord over all.
Before Oyegun’s replacement with Adams Oshiomole who is belived to have surrendered the party structure to Tinubu, The league of Buhari boys, consisting of Fashola, the Governors of Ekiti, Ogun and Ondo, Fayemi, Amosu and Rotimi Akeredolu have succeeded in wrestling Tinubu’s influence on these states out of him.
This, it was gathered, was responsible for the uncertainties surrounding the elections of the governors of these southwest states because of litigations hanging on them.
As a result of the losses suffered by Tinubu’s candidates in recent elections held in the Southwest states , Buhari was said to have agreed with the postulation of the Fashola group that Tinubu had lost the clout to win votes for him next year and that point was to be driven home with Tinubu’s candidate, Oyetola, programmed to lose the recent controversial Osun election.
Apparently aware of what effect the loss of Oyetola gubernatorial bid would have on his reputation as ‘ prolific striker in southwest politics” Tinubu, with the help of Oshiomole put everything to ensure Oyetola emerged as Osun governor elect.
According to sources in the know, the last minute fight put up to ensure Oyetola’s victory and the eventual controversy surrounding the Victory which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is still challenging in court, was said to have seriously lowered Tinubu’s ego and viewed within the presidency to have lost whatever charm made him thick towards the 2015 general election.
As the unfavorable scenarios around Tinubu continue to grow, ThepageNews gathered Fashola’s profile as the Lagos poster boy was pushed to Buhari with the other members of the group as formidable enough to deliver Lagos and the Southwest for him. This it was gathered ,necessitated what a source reffered to as ” the conscious efforts of the Oshiomole leadership to put those boys where they belong.
“By ensuring that the structures in their respective states are mutilated towards the general election to prevent them from having any advantage over Tinubu in the raging supremacy battle”
The effect of the supremacy battle is believed to be responsible for the crisis being witnessed in the APC Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Lagos states,following events surrounding the outcome of primary elections held in the states.
Despite the seeming loss of influence by Tinubu however, Thepage source maintained President Buhari favoured him over the poster boy group.
Sources confirmed however that, the body language of Buhari changed following information reaching him soon after former Vice President Atiku Abubarka won the PDP ticket to contest against him.
It was also gathered that information filtered to President Buhari about Tinubu’s alleged sympathy for the PDP candidate .This has been described as the reason responsible for the APC National leader’s decision to go public against the PDP candidate of recent by making negative comments about him.
The sudden media attack against Atiku, a source told Thepage has been drawn to the attention of the President as ” mere political game Asiwaju is noted for, but the president seem bent on trusting him and doesn’t want to give him any excuse to work against his Interest. That is why the president is making conscious efforts to see that Oshiomole is retained at all cost to satisfy Asiwaju so he won’t have any excuse. “
Our source added that the posers pushed before President Buhari in making a decision between Asiwaju and The Fashola team as the face of his Southwest campaign were , Whether Asiwaju will secure the cooperation of the aggrieved to work with him or he will genuinely work for Buhari against Atiku towards the elections.
By: FEMI Adepoju