Exclusive: Why Atiku, Tinubu, Kwankwaso May Not Support Buhari’s Second Term

Exclusive: Why Atiku, Tinubu, Kwankwaso May Not Support Buhari’s Second Term
January 17 08:52 2016 Print This Article

image36Barely eight months in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, key political leaders including former Nigeria Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Lagos and Kano States governors Bola Tinubu, Musa Kwankwaso, and incumbent Senate President Bukola Saraki have all resolved not to support Buhari should he decides to take a second term shot at the Presidency in 2019, sources in the All Progressive Congress (APC) disclosed.

The sources said the decision by the leaders to not to support Buhari’s reelection bid should he chose to run is borne out of the way they were treated in the selection of ministers, the handling of political issues as well as the complete neglect of the key APC leaders by the president and his team in the running of the government.

Our correspondents gathered that the APC political leaders have begun firming up their political structures across the country and have begun serious consultations with main opposition party the PDP and other political parties with a view to forming an alliance ahead of 2019 presidential election.

A source close to Abubakar and Tinubu told our correspondent over the weekend that both APC leaders are working hard to restructure their political platforms; the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) while Kwankwaso it was also learnt is rallying his PDP supporters in Kano and other parts of the North to begin the fight.

The intense political consultation our correspondent gathered is informed by the open interests by Northern Governors in succeeding President Buhari in 2019.

Informed by this development, some governors in the South West along with some lawmakers in the national assembly as well as some key leaders in the region loyal to Tinubu are putting pressure on him to jettison the APC and rally supports to revive the ACN.

Tinubu including BIsi Akande, the former chairman of the ACN, have openly expressed dissatisfaction over the treatment of Tinubu and other APC leaders from the region by President Buhari as well as by some APC leaders in the North.

It was gathered that the leaders have resolved to realign for the rebirth of the ACN or another party that will serve their interests and help oust President Buhari from office in next election should he decide to take another short at the presidency in the 2019 presidential election.

Abubakar our correspondents investigations revealed is seriously rallying his close allies and supporters in the main opposition party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) and PDP governors and legislators to form a common bloc ahead of subsequent elections in the country.

The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), which President Buhari represents in the alliance it was gathered is holding firm and has also begun reviewing their structure to garner more political strength should the APC alliance fail to work for the 2019 election.

Sources said that thought the APC have zoned the presidency to the North, the APC leaders are irked by the scramble by some governors in the North particularly Kaduna State Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Mr. Abdulaziz Yari and former speaker of the House of Representatives Mr. Aminu Tambulwal and current Sokoto state governor to succeed President Buhari should he decides not to run for a second term in 2019.

A serving governor in one of the Southern state told our correspondent recently that the way El-Rufai is going about his ambition is ridiculous.

“It’s sad to note that he El-Rufai is just going about it without pretence. Everybody already knows that he wants to succeed the president should he decide not to run in 2019. Some key political leaders in the country both in APC and PDP are not happy with him,” the governor said on condition of anonymity.

A source close to the national assembly told our correspondent that Saraki does not want to hear anything about El-Rufai so also is the former VP Abubakar and Kwankwaso.

“It’s going to be a fight to finish as so many political gladiators with bags of money and influence are set to wrestle for the office in 2019,” the source said.

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  1. Omenka
    January 17, 19:00 #1 Omenka

    I think that the Biafran agitation can be nipped in the bud if the South East is allowed a shot at the Presidency in 2019, 49 years after the civil war. All of these scrambles by these already known northern leaders who amassed their wealth by ripping off the country will never make for a better Nigeria. Many of these leaders appear innocent of corruption only because they ran into APC in a timely manner. These may hardly survive a Buhari probe. Equal right and justice will bring us the peace we dearly need in this country now.

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