With what seems a fast developing divide within the ruling party of Nigeria, the All Progressive Congress [APC], the top players with the party find themselves re-engineering their respective positions within the party and within the general political theatre in the country. Available information indicates that the fault lines appear to be developing along the binding points of the original parties that merged to form the APC – that is the Congress For Progressive Change [CPC], the Action Congress of Nigeria [ACN] and All Nigeria Peoples Party [ANPP].
In fact, it was gathered that the ongoing turmoil within the ruling party has found a strengthened resolved to continue fermenting the troubles that will inevitably see the end of the party. Particularly, the President, General Mohammadu Buhari is reported by a reliable source is no longer comfortable with the alliances built into the ruling party, particularly the south-west wing of the alliance. This is believed to be coming from the recent fallout with the godfather of south-west political theatre, Bola Tinubu.
Bola Tinubu had been quoted of having expressed regrets over having aided in the making of General Mohammadu Buhari the President candidate of the APC – and thus the President of Nigeria. He was even quoted as promising the downfall of the APC and the Buhari administration.
In reaction, Buhari has re-opened his old channels to the south-east politicians which he had collaborated with in the past political outings. Such people as, Okadigbo, Ike Nwachukwu, Ume Ezeoke and the likes are reported to have enjoyed a good relationship with Buhari. And Buhari has begun holding closed-door discussions with his close friends on his intended pivot to the south-east. The President is quoted as having expressed concerns with collaborating with the south-west… noting that he has always worked well with the south-east politicians.
The President is expected to launch a cabinet reshuffle and/or purge to change the tribal balance of the cabinet and the aides to relate his new mind frame. The likes of Ken Nnamani, Ike Nwachukwu are expected to be called in to serve under the Buhari administration after the reshuffle. A reliable source mentioned the eminent professor and former Central Bank Governor, Charles Chukwuma Soludo as a possible name that the Buhari administration wants to include in the new Buhari administration.
The internal discussions which President Buhari had opened with some of his friends and northerners led to the recent admonition to be cautious of his close association with the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo. The had cautioned that Obasanjo was never a true friend of the north. They claimed Obasanjo was not good to the north during his eight as President of the federation. It is not certain how President Buhari took the advice. But what appears certain is President Buhari’s demeanour to the south-west and his determination to switch alliance.
Already, reports have it that Tinubu has begun rebuilding his south-west alliances in readiness to either launch a new party or battle the President’s administration. The battle lines are drawn against 2019. Tinubu interestingly enjoys an unlikely partnership in the person of Atiku Abubakar.