Logic May Fail APC In 2019
Nigeria News takes a look at the kindergarten tactics being employed by President Muhammadu Buhari whenever there is a problem with the government and the All Progressives Congress.
The real political logicians in the All Progressives Congress are against themselves and this may spell doom for the party in the 2019 general election.
The party, no doubt will want to use President Muhammadu Buhari as its candidate against whosoever may emerge from other political parties.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter is just one of the issues the party will have to contend with. The internal mechanism of the party has fallen apart and it is presently standing on a skeletal frame of gangs of different opinions and ideas.
The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has inherited logic from his father, Late Olusola Saraki who happened to be the majority leader in the first republic.
Bukola Saraki showed his skills when he defeated his father’s candidate and singlehandedly imposed the current Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatai Ahmed.
Again, Saraki manoeuvred his way to becoming the Senate president against APC’s plan to install the current Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan.
He defied the lucidity of another logician, the former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to become the Senate president. Saraki has won many of his battles, including the trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The Federal Government has appealed the Code of Conduct Tribunal’s verdict in which pronounced the case against Saraki as Null and Void. He was alleged of false declaration of assets while serving as the Kwara State Governor.
On the other hands, Tinubu who was among those that bankrolled Buhari’s election had been rubbished severally by the National Working Committee of the APC.
The National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun dared Tinubu when he threw his weight behind the current Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) against Tinubu’s candidate Olusola Oke.
Akeredolu won the election to demystify the loopholes in the logic and sophistication of Tinubu whom many had thought was a power broker and kingmaker.
Perhaps this is what the cabals in Buhari’s cabinet saw as they began to work against the man that brought their boss to power.
Tinubu walked away, having sensed the plots to ridicule him but because APC was never built on principles, the president would always seek a latitude to involve him and his close ally, the former Governor of Osun State, Chief Bisi Akande when things are going awry.
Shortly after one of the prominent members of the party, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar quit APC, Buhari quickly invited Tinubu for a journey to Ivory Coast. He told the Nigerian community in Cote D’ Voir that Tinubu had given him some information that would be useful.
There, Buhari hinted his plan to re-contest in 2019. He told the Nigerians in Cote D’ Voir that he might need their votes someday.
Buhari deliberately took Tinubu along to make a word against Abubakar. Since then, Tinubu has been silenced until Tuesday when he was seen at the Presidential Villa alongside Akande in a closed-door meeting with Buhari shortly after a former President Olusegun Obasanjo addressed the press, advising Buhari not to contest for the second term.
Tinubu and Akande left after an hour without press interview. However, both the presidency and the media aide to Tinubu denied that the meeting with Buhari had nothing to do with Obasanjo’s letter.
Early Tuesday, Obasanjo had released a 13-page letter in which he advised Buhari not to contest again for the second term. He enjoined him to go home and take care of his health.
Obasanjo pointed out various reasons he thought would not make Buhari a better president but on Wednesday the Federal Government reeled out its achievements, stating that Obasanjo could not see it because of his busy schedule.
APC also released a statement signed by his National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi that the party disagreed with some of the issues raised by Obasanjo.
Obasanjo has only offered advice, it behooves APC to work out a strong strategy towards 2019 election but not a kindergarten idea of seeing Tinubu and Akande at the difficult time.