APC Leadership: Buhari Deflates Tinubu’s Ego At Executive Meeting-The conceived Leader of All Progressive Congress (APC(, the ruling party in Nigeria , Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been unofficially disrobed of his position and status in the party, according to emerging reports.
Even though the general conception among Nigerians home and abroad is that Tinubu was the mover of the political scheming strategy that saw APC and election of Muhammadu Buhari into power, the Nigeria President has put the Asiwaju Tinubu in his place by telling him that he is never the leader of the party, deflating the South West political kingmaker’s ego.
Buhari emphatically told the former Lagos State governor and chieftain of the ruling APC Tinubu that he is not the national leader of APC as he has been carrying about on his head.
According to a report in the online news forum, SIGNAL, the development unfolded during a dinner event at the Aso Rock presidential villa where Buhari was playing host to top APC chieftains and other members of the National Assembly. The statement according to the online news may have finally put to rest all controversies about the actual status of Tinubu in the APC party hierarchy.
In the build up to the last election which saw Muhammadu Buhari as President of Nigeria, Tinubu was the main engine room that powered Buhari to be president and his ingenious strategy to effect the unseating of an incumbent President was praised across the World. The strategy worked out through the fusing of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and Buhari’s Congress for Progressive Change(CPC) and other light weight political parties. Tinubu was then seen as the frontline power breaker and was revered to and addressed within the APC as “national leader of the party.” He has worn the tag since being referred to by members of the Press and many political actors in the country.
President Buhari’s outburst last Monday was said to have been prompted by Senate President Bukola Saraki who, while observing protocol in the course of making his remarks and comments had referred to Tinubu as “the national leader of APC.”
According to an informed source, Buhari snapped back and spontaneously seized the moment to “set the records straight” and grabbing the microphone to speak immediately after the Senate President’s earlier remarks.
According to SIGNAL Buhari was very blunt, brutal and straight to the point right before Tinubu’s eyes and to the hearing of all
Quoting Buhari: “Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, even though the Senate President addressed you as the National Leader of APC, you are not the national leader of the party. You are only one of the national leaders of the APC”, Buhari said to the consternation of onlookers.
Asked why President Buhari may have been forced to make such a comment at an open event, the source disclosed that it may not be unconnected to the long bickering within the APC and the determination by many power seeking members to cut Tinubu’s wing and deflate his paraded ego over and increasing status as many had been made to believe that he (Tinubu) carries the most influential tag in APC. The source added that close confidants of President Buhari are unsettled and uncomfortable as the tag may earn Tinubu some conceived influence during the party’s national conference
“President Buhari’s close aides and confidants are not comfortable with the idea of Tinubu parading himself as national leader of the APC. They believe only the President deserves to carry the full weight of that title. It is a silent cold war that has been brewing but nobody knew the President would take it that personal by actually voicing it out face to face with Tinubu. It appeared petty actually but again, you need to understand that the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar was also seated when this happened. The President may have been uncomfortable with allowing Tinubu get away with being addressed as national leader of APC in the presence of other senior leaders of the party like Atiku and then the national chairman, John Oyegun who was also present. Buhari’s silence on the matter may have been misconstrued as an acceptance of Tinubu as the national leader of APC and he didn’t want that to happen”, the source said.
In what many may have conceived as a follow-up to the Presiedents downsizing of Tinubu, the former Vice President and a chieftain of APC, Atiku Abubakar who was at the meeting where Tinubu was cut to size issued a statement urging leaders of the All Progressives Congress to shift from “extreme positions to a centrist one for the interest of democracy and the party.
Atiku made the call in anticipation of APC National Executive meeting commencing this weekend in Abuja.
A statement released by his media office in Abuja on Thursday, 2 July quoted the former Vice President as calling for the concentration of positive energies on building unity, cohesion and harmony among party leaders and other stakeholders rather than going after unnecessary squabbling .
“We can resolve our differences when our leaders individually and collectively shift ground from extreme positions and move to the centre in the interest of our party and our country.”, Atiku said, telling APC members to shun unnecessary diversion of energies at the expense of the urgency of the mission of the party to make life better for Nigerians.
Atiku, who was outside the country to perform Lesser Hajj (Umrah) in Saudi Arabia, said that he was deeply concerned that, soon after capturing power, the APC is torn apart at a time more energy is needed to attend to the objectives of the change agenda for which it was voted into power.
The APC has been rocked by crisis over the election of National Assembly leaders.
Atiku is believed to supports the emergence of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, against the wish of the party’s leaders, including the chairman, John Oyegun, and a former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu.
The former Vice President said it was high time the party overcame its current crisis of confidence arising from the National Assembly election of principal officers.
He said the current blame games targeted at individuals was an unnecessary diversion of energies at the expense of the urgency of the mission of the party to make life better for Nigerians.
Atiku urged that APC leaders should not allow people of bad faith to fuel division and acrimony among the party, adding that all positive energies should be directed towards sustaining the morale of the voters who look forward to the APC to make their lives better.
He reminded party leaders that any division could be exploited at the expense of the party. He extended his goodwill to the party for successful deliberations and assured the party of continued support and loyalty at all times.