The simmering feud threatening the leadership of the ruling All Progress Congress, APC, assumed a frightening dimension as feelers emerged that three of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministers have launched a serial attack of the party’s National Leader, Bola Tinubu.
But sources in the know hinted that the move by the duo may not be unconnected with alleged subterranean maneuverings to frustrate Tinubu out of the party.
The three ministers are Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola and Minister of Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi.
Impeccable sources revealed that the move by the trio was to shore up support for the APC national chairman, John Oyegun.
“I can tell you that the crisis in the ruling APC is getting more and more interesting by the day. If you recall, Tinubu recently asked Odigie-Oyegun to resign his position.
‘’This action has not gone down well with the bigwigs and politicians who understand the internal wrangling in the party.
“As I speak to you now, three key ministers in the cabinet are backing Odigie- Oyegun and as you are aware, these three members are well known,’’ a source said.
The source added: ‘’One is from the South- South, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, one was his former ally from the South-West and the other is holding three key ministries under the current dispensation.
“So, like you can see, the unfolding scenario is gradually becoming more interesting.
”Who knows where this may lead the party to in the days to come and in the build up to 2019 elections. Although, the Tinubu camp is not relenting, stakeholders are beginning to see the hand writing on the wall.”
The source, said the fight was likely to cause a major upset in the party’s calculations ahead of the 2019 elections.
“I cannot say where this may lead us but I can tell you that this is a major setback for the party, particularly at a time when the government in power is ‘struggling’ to justify its impact in governance.
“Again, this ‘cold war’ shows that Tinubu’s move to ‘resurrect’ the Alliance for Democracy, AD, is becoming a reality even though there are a couple of denials here and there but the truth still remains that all is not well within the ruling party and I can conveniently tell you this.”
Also reacting, the chairman of the PDP in Lagos State, Moshood Salvador, has said that Tinubu was used and dumped in the APC.
He said the current crisis in the party was an opportunity for Tinubu to prove his sagacity as a well-respected politician, adding that the development would affect the chance of the APC in Ondo State elections.
“Tinubu is somebody we believe is so smart and strategic, he is a tactician. But, in APC, he didn’t know that he was used and dumped. They kept him outside the party, not within the party, and I was so surprised to see him staying outside the party and be feeling comfortable.
“How can you fight inside the party when you are outside? So, he cannot remove Odigie-Oyegun because he remains outside. What is the meaning of party leader, our national leader?” Salvador said removing Odigie-Oyegun might be a hard nut to crack for Tinubu because he seemed to have lost grip of party’s structures in some States.
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