The signs emerged that the cracks in the All Progressives Congress (APC) will lead to the eventually break of the party.
The National Dialy reports that some APC chieftains have been discontented with the manner in which President Muhammadu Buhari went about his ministerial nominees and other government appointments.
The supposed divisions have resulted in some leaders flirting with the idea of floating a party to register their anger to the party management in preparation ahead of 2019 presidential election.
Their grievances was also the perceived manner in which the nominations were made without adequately consulting the party hierarchy.
The presidential source said: “To a large extent, the governors were not consulted on those picked from our states.
“But the leaders have to bear with the president because it is his constitutional prerogative.”
Bola Tinubu, APC’s national leader, is said to be angry about that as his appointees were unnoticed by the Nigerian leader.
And also that party supporters, who have been in through thickand thin were left out of the process, with new faces, who were neither in the party nor sympathizers of their cause emerging as ministerial appointees – 18 of whom have been confirmed as ministers.
Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo’s growing influence on President Buhari has reportedly also led to Tinubu being sidelined in nominations.
Tinubu’s choice of Wale Edun was blocked by the ex-president who favoured Kemi Adeosun instead for the Ogun state slot.
Tinubu might have lost the reins in Osun, too. Olagunsoye Oyinlola, an ex-governor and protégé of Obasanjo, has been appointed.
Ex-president now seems to be having the upper hand over Tinubu. And that is already causing a lot of rage in the APC.
The plan for the party split into smaller pieces has reported been further worsen because of how Buhari is carrying on the current war against corruption. There might be no sacred cows.
Apart from being disappointed, many APC members, particularly, governors who are suspected to have dipped their hands into public coffers to fund either their polls or other aspirants, comprising the president himself, are now jittery. They fear coming under investigation for their inability to pay workers’ salaries.
Atiku Abubakar, former vice president is also said to have gone back to the drawing board to bringing up his Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), a political platform he inherited from the late General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua.
The sources close to the Turaki Adamawa said that Atiku’s calculation is to line up with like minds among the breaking away faction of the PDP, the likes of the Senate president Bukola Saraki and Sokoto governor, Aminu Tambuwal.
However, the PDP has zoned its presidential candidate to the north for the 2019 general polls. This may be appealing to some APC chieftains interested in the presidential race.
But some assistants to Tinubu rejected any plot by their principal to float a new political party.
“It’s a lie from the pit of hell. There’s no way our leader can throw away his efforts to build the APC from formation to victory in the elections and abandon it for a new party. What else does he want to achieve,” they said.