The end to the crisis that may likely consume the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC may not be in sight so soon as some peoples have accused President Muhammadu Buhari and some of his kitchen cabinet with the President are actually behind the move to disgrace the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Reacting to the crisis in the APC, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, elder statesman and former aide to ex-President Shehu Shagari, called on Tinubu to condemn what he described as the current injustice in the party before it degenerated, Punch Newspaperpublished
According to our source, Yakassai claimed that he “foresaw” the current crisis, he also urged Tinubu to tackle Buhari, alleging that Tinubu’s political travails were well-thought-out and plotted in the Presidency.
Yakassai said, “From all indications, every right thinking person will figure out a sinister plot to bundle out Tinubu from the hierarchy of the APC; and I want to believe this is coming from the Presidency.
“The situation at the moment is that apart from the CPC (Congress for Progressive Change) members, everybody in the government is a mere onlooker.”
In a similar vein, a member of the party’s leadership, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the issue, according to Punch Newspaper said, “I was one of those who cautioned our chairman about the handling of this Ondo palaver.
“He (Odigie-Oyegun) was the one who said we should put the recommendations of the panel to vote, which we did. He asked us to pray but used the opportunity to leave the hall.
“I personally think he is dancing to the tune of some individuals around Mr. President. He should simply step down.”
Asked to comment on the division within the party’s NWC, he said, “Our last meeting made that very clear.
“Six out of the 11 of us present at the meeting voted in favour of a re-run of the Ondo primary; five voted against. Yet, the choice of five was upheld. Is that democracy? You tell me.”
Tinubu had, in a statement on Sunday, accused the national chairman of allegedly working against the ideals of the APC in the handling of its governorship primary in Ondo State.
He had alleged that the National Working Committee of the APC had voted in favour of a fresh primary in Ondo State but Odigie-Oyegun overruled the NWC and submitted the name of Rotimi Akeredolu to the Independent National Electoral Commission as the governorship candidate of the APC.
The statement added, “If Tinubu is to choose between John (Odigie-) Oyegun and progress toward a better Nigeria, the choice has already been made. For those who care about Nigeria and its chance for a better tomorrow, now is the time to stand against this brewing evil before it grows to encompass all we have built and all we hold dear.”