2015: Uneasy calm in APC over sharing formula for offices


buhari-n-osibajo-apcThe last may not have been heard about the emergence of Pastor Yemi Osinbajo, as the vice presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) as indication emerged at the weekend that some chieftains of the party are at loggerheads over the decision.

It was also gathered that they were also split over the sharing of other political offices ahead of the 2015 general elections.

But the leadership of the par­ty had dismissed any claim of infighting within the party as a result of the choice of Osinbajo.

Deputy spokesman of the party, Timi Frank, said Osinbajo emerged transparently and had the backing of the party’s chief­tains and governors.

A chieftain of the party, who did not want his name men­tioned, disclosed that some stalwarts of the party were still kicking against the emergence of Osinbajo on the grounds that the party did not adhere to the sharing formula for the position.

He claimed that the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, had been making frantic efforts to recon­cile all warring groups .

The source claimed that dis­agreement over the choice of the running mate had divided the party into pro and anti-Tinu­bu forces.

He said some of the party’s governors, especially from the North were said to be angry that despite the fact that Sena­tor Bola Tinubu singlehandedly picked the running mate, he was still insisting on appointing people into key positions in the event that the party wins ma­jority in the House and Senate in the next dispensation.

He disclosed that the gover­nors had been holding series of meetings in Abuja on the matter.

The former Lagos state gov­ernor, the source said, was al­leged to have met General Mu­hammadu Buhari and requested that in addition to the vice presi­dent slot, he should be allowed to produce the speaker of the House of Representatives, al­legedly reserved for one of his friends from the South-South, without consulting the APC governors from the area.

Tinubu was said to have also demanded that he be allowed to produce key ministers as well as the review of oil licences to incorporate his interest.

The source claimed that there were apprehensions that APC governors from the South-South, North-Central and South-East, namely Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Ad­ams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, Ahmed Abdulfatah of Kwara State and their Imo State counterpart, Rochas Okorocha may have been schemed out following fears that they would secretly work in favour of Presi­dent Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 general election.

Sources within the party confirmed that these governors were being closely monitored, adding that the appointment of Amaechi to lead Buhari’s campaign was to put him under check.

He contended that also in Ti­nubu’s watch list is Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, allegedly schemed out because of his alleged disloyalty for challenging Tinubu’s choice in the APC Lagos State governor­ship primary.

Reacting, APC’s deputy spokesman, Timi Frank, dis­missed the claim as a mere pro­paganda from the PDP kitchen.

He insisted that the party’s choice of Prof. Osinbajo as run­ning mate to General Muham­madu Buhari in 2015 general elections was arrived at through a democratic process. He ar­gued that God chose Osinbajo for the party

Timi said: “I don’t know who is complaining about the choice of our vice presidential candidate. But I believe our vice presidential candidate was chosen by God because the time of change is now. When people ask why we took time in choosing our vice president, I want to say that the delay was because we wanted to give the best candidate to Nigerians; it was because we wanted to fol­low a proper democratic pro­cess. -SunNews


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