APC crisis: Twist as Tinubu and Fayemi decide to work together
As the politics of 2023 gains momentum, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi have decided to work together to solve the persistent crisis that is rocking the party.
The two main leaders of the party, who nurture presidential ambitions, took the resolution during a meeting held in Abuja on Wednesday, we gathered.
While Tinubu had declared for the presidential race, sources said Fayemi would do the same unless there was a last minute change in calculation.
The Abuja meeting came as a surprise to many party stakeholders, observers said. Daily Trust reports that there were suggestions that the duo’s relationship had turned sour since 2018 when Fayemi was re-elected governor.
During Wednesday’s meeting, it was understood that the two APC leaders discussed the issue of the upcoming Ekiti Governor election scheduled for June 18 this year.
The party’s primary has been set for January 27.
A source said: “While both politicians have presidential ambitions, they both face serious challenges outside the South West region.
“Therefore, the best thing for them to do is to cement their relationship at home, to speak with one voice and to concretize their relationships in the other five geopolitical zones. Once they have achieved this, quite another thing may follow as the 2023 presidential election approaches.
“There are plans in some neighborhoods outside of the South West to undermine them and therefore their coming together bodes well.”
Another source said: “Ekiti’s gubernatorial election and how to keep the party united in the state was discussed during their meeting in Abuja. You know seven people have expressed interest in running in our party,” he said.
At the national level, it was collected that Tinubu and Fayemi reviewed the delay in the holding of the national convention of the party. The convention, where new members of the National Working Committee (NWC) would emerge, was set for February with no date.
Our correspondents report that since the ousting of the NWC led by Adams Oshiomhole in June 2020, the ruling party has been under the firm grip of three governors; Mai Mala Buni (Yobe), who chairs the interim committee; Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and Mohammad Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa). The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, is said to be part of the clique of three governors.
Party sources said the delay in holding the convention was part of the three governors’ plots to maintain their grip on the party ahead of the 2023 general election.
A source said the governors secured support from part of the presidency to “stop Tinubu” from picking the party’s presidential ticket. It was further understood that Fayemi was not considered by the clique.
There are reports that some APC governors are putting increasing pressure on former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to join the APC.
“The plan was to choose one of the governors or a minister as the former president’s running mate,” he said.
Daily Trust understood that Tinubu and Fayemi’s resolve was to deflate the plot of the three governors to oust them from the race and by extension from the South West geopolitical area.
The controversy followed the alleged power transfer agreement between Tinubu and Buhari ahead of the 2015 general election. It was further gathered that Tinubu counts on the support of Kano State Governor Abdullah Umar Ganduje, Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum and others to penetrate the North.
Tinubu’s statement on Monday marked the start of the politics for the 2023 presidential race. Across the country, the statement dominated political discourse, annoying other aspirants. Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi announced his intention 24 hours after Tinubu’s interest was confirmed.
They have a long-standing relationship – Ekiti Government SPC
Tinubu’s media assistant, Tunde Rahman, did not respond to a text message sent to him, but Fayemi’s chief press officer, Yinka Oyebode, said the two leaders had a long-standing relationship. dated.
“I don’t know why the media is interested in the meeting; remember that Asiwaju and the Governor have a long-standing relationship. Forget what you read in the newspapers, they meet regularly. What happened on Wednesday was one of those meetings.
“They met in Bauchi during the Fatiha wedding of Education Minister Adamu Adamu’s daughter and they said okay, ‘Let’s meet when we get to Abuja’ and they met. This is why until tomorrow you will not see the images of the meeting; there was no one else at the meeting. There was no camera; only two of them.
“Ignore everything you read in the papers, honestly these people, they’re not doing their thing for the camera. I am aware of the meeting, but I was not there. It’s not an unusual thing for them to meet, they meet regularly, a relationship that’s been going on for 25-30 years doesn’t want her on the altar of politics,” he said.
Asked when Fayemi will declare himself for the presidency, the spokesperson said: “He did not tell me that he harbored any presidential ambitions. He only said he had work to do and was focusing on that.
Faleke, others seek divine intervention for Asiwaju
Member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, James Faleke, led other APC stalwarts in his constituency to hold a special prayer session for Tinubu’s presidential ambition.
The prayer session held at LTV Blue Roof Arena 8, Agidingbi, Ikeja on Wednesday saw Christian and Islamic clerics prepare prayer altars for the success of Tinubu’s presidential ambition.
The event was also graced with musical performances by juju gospel music artist, Yinka Ayefele and popular Islamic singer, Alhaji Abiodun Abdul Azeez (Saoti Arewa).
Faleke, who is the director of planning and logistics for the Tinubu Support Group (TSG), told party worshipers that Tinubu’s aspiration would be granted through prayer and the support of the electorate.
By Ismail Mudashir (Abuja), Abiodun Alade (Lagos) & Raphael Ogbonnaiye (Ado-Ekiti)