Buhari’s One-term Pledge Tears APC Leaders Apart

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The pledge by President Muhammadu Buhari to serve

only one term is responsible for the whirligig into which

the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), and

indeed the political class in the country have been

thrown, the Daily Times can authoritatively report.

If not quickly resolved, the intrigues may make governing

Herculean in the next for years, as politicians of different

ideological backgrounds are forging informal alliances.

Two-time Governorship candidate in Lagos, Mr. Jimmy

Agbaje, and former Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill

Akpabio recently paid separate visits to the Abuja

residence of former Vice President Abubakar Atiku in

what is believed to be linked to the politics of 2019.

It was learnt last night that apart paying the APC back in

its own coin, the decision of the main opposition Peoples

Democratic Party (PDP) not to support any candidate put

forward by the ruling party for the positions of Senate

President and Speaker of the House of Representatives,

has serious link to the 2019 Presidential contest.

According to sources within the ruling party, “the

decision of President Buhari not to run in 2019 is already

tearing the party into shreds as potential aspirants for

the office are already mobilizing across parties and geo-

political zones to forge a realignment for the contest.”

The visit by Akpabio and Agbaje to the Abuja residence of

Atiku, according to information pieced together in Abuja,

is the beginning of the much-expected realignment and

coming together of former PDP political heavy weights

across the nation before the commencement of the

onslaught on the factionalized APC.

It was also gathered that the visit to the residence of

Atiku by the Senate President Bukola Saraki, shortly after

being sworn, was a confirmation that Atiku was one those

who pulled the strings for his success at election.

Atiku, it was reliably gathered is still eyeing the

presidency and the decision of Buhari to run for one term

has further given the Adamawa politician the verve to

start making contacts across party divides.

It was further learnt that the main reason the APC

national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, reportedly moved

against Saraki was because of the strong opposition of

Saraki to Tinubu’s nomination of Professor Yemi Osibanjo

as the then running mate to Buhari.

Saraki it was learnt, campaigned vigorously for former

Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi for the position of

the Vice President. It took the intervention of former

President Olusegun Obasanjo at his Abeokuta mansion

for peace to peace to reign.

Daily Times also learnt that the graveyard silence

maintained by the former Rivers state governor on the

National Assembly election was intended to spite Tinubu

who was instrumental to the scuttling of his vice

presidential ambition.

Apart from that, the Tinubu camp up till press time is still

not comfortable with the Saraki occupation of the office

of the Senate President. The reasoning in the camp is that

a Saraki Senate presidency for four years would be too

strong for them to overrun in 2019 since President Buhari

has decided not to run in 2019.

In the unfolding political scenario, the battle line appears

drawn between Atiku and Tinubu. Already there are

reported moves by Tinubu to truncate the emergence of

Atiku as the chairman of the BoT of the party, while Atiku

on the other hand is pushing for the leadership of the

party using different fronts within and outside the party.

The PDP as a party, it was reliably learnt, is not left out of

the scheming and permutations for the 2019 elections.

The party, according to impeccable sources within the

party, has dispatched its foot soldiers across the six geo

political zones to mobilize and talk to party members and

non-party members on the need to return power to the

party in 2019 because of what they described as the false

start of the APC since May 29.



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