There are very strong indications of a possible plan for alliance between the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, and former vice president Atiku Abubakar prior to the forth-coming 2019 general elections.
Following a report on Daily Trust, an alliance between the two political strong men appears imminent considering their recent displeasure with the presidency.
Speaking on Sunday, October 23, to the afore-mentioned media house, a source who didn’t want his name mentioned said that:
“Tinubu is having a serious realignment with Atiku on the possibility of pulling out with their teeming supporters if President Muhammadu Buhari continues to look the other way.”
The anonymous source revealed that Tinubu and Atiku are unhappy with the presidency but do not want to come out openly on it. He claimed that their displeasure was as caused by the outcome of last year’s governorship election in Kogi state, the APC’s Board of Trustees (BoT) conundrum and the recent governorship primary election in Ondo, among others.
Explainng, the source said: “While Tinubu expected to win Kogi, Atiku wanted to be the chairman of the BoT, but the presidency frustrated their efforts”.
He further disclosed that Tinubu’s discontent with the presidency kicked off after James Faleke, who was the running mate to the late Prince Abubakar Audu, was subsequently replaced with the incumbent governor, Yahaya Bello, consequent upon the sudden death of Audu.
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It was learnt that APC leaders were not united over the choice of Bello as the party’s candidate for the supplementary governorship election in the state. Whereas the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and his supporters had maintained that Yahaya Bello’s name be removed for Faleke, other chieftains of the party opposed the move saying that Bello’s choice and subsequent nomination should remain that way.
After that, Bello’s name was submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as he emerged in the second position the governorship primary election of the party held on August 29, 2015.
With his loss in Kogi State, the source said Tinubu was expecting to have his consolation in the forthcoming Ondo governorship election, but the result of the party’s primary didn’t go as planned.