Tension In APC, As The Mighty Tinubu Rejects Buhari ‘s Offer Ahead Of 2019 Elections
It is tensed times in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the party has reportedly rejected a request by President Muhammadu Buhari for him to lead his presidential campaign across the country.
The denial by Tinubu, popularly referred to as Jagaban, was so he could focus on the South-West region. Despite the refusal to lead the campaign though, the former Lagos State Governor is still fully committed to the re-election bid of President Buhari.
It was recently reported that the APC chieftain had been dumped by the party because President Buhari referred to himself as the National Leader of the party – a designation which was reserved for Chief Bola Tinubu.
Oluremi Tinubu, his wife and Senator representing Lagos Central in the Senate, admitted in an interview that the party had disposed her husband even though he helped them in winning the elections in 2015.
“He was campaigning, I did too. We were running three campaigns in my house. And for him to be trashed like that? But I saw somebody who has love for this country”, she had said.
A source, who claimed anonymity, revealed that Tinubu rejected the President’s request so that he could secure his base in the South-West.
In his words, “Tinubu has politely rejected the request to lead President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign for the 2019 elections. Rather he has chosen to focus his attention more on the South-West. We do not really know the reason for this, but we have feelers that he seems unsure of what the fate of APC may be in the Presidential election, and as such wants to secure his base in the South-West, first. I also heard that he wants to concentrate his efforts on assisting his Candidates. In Ogun, Governor Amosun has withdrawn support for Dapo Abiodun, who is Tinubu’s loyalist.
“He will also be actively involved in trying to retain Lagos for APC, especially given the fact that Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the party’s Candidate, is contesting against a Jimi Agbaje, who is an experienced Politician.”
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