APC Crisis: Tinubu reaches out to former friends to regain power
Embattled National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu is trying to reconcile with former associates and foes to regain political clout.
According to a report by Punch, Tinubu has been disenfranchised and ostracised from the scheme of things by Muhammadu Buhari and his associates, as is evident in his recent clash with the party’s National Leader, John Oyegun.
Tinubu had criticised John Oyegun’s involvement in the Ondo governorship primary and issued a long strongly worded statement calling for his resignation. Oyegun had at first replied calmly but after a visit to President Buhari, with the duo pictured laughing together heartily, he issued a full statement calling Tinubu “reckless.”
Tinubu’s loyalists in the South-West 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.
Reports , however, said 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.
There are also attempts at rapprochement ongoing between Tinubu and the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
An Afenifere leader added: “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.”