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
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.