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Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by shedraq1: 2:02am On Jun 27, 2015
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THE All Progressives Congress (APC) is gradually developing cracks within its structures, perhaps, towards consolidation of the party in the new challenge of governance at the federal level. The covert cold war which has pervaded the party since the electioneering campaign for the 2015 General Elections got to the climax last week during the election of the principal officers of the National Assembly. The various factions in the emerging mass political party from the conglomerate caucus political parties that metamorphosed into the APC at the time of merger tested the potency of their respective power blocs in the power competition for the election of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.


The APC comprises of the legacy political parties which comprise of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), a faction of the APGA and thereafter, a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP). Whereas the CPC came into the merger with the high name recognition score of Muhammadu Buhari without properly established structure but had legion grassroots supporters, the ACN joined the merger with established political structures. The nPDP also joined the merger with both army of supporters and strong political structures, all of which consolidated the APC platform.

In the power equation of the party, the ACN provided the National Chairman, National Publicity Secretary and National Legal Adviser of the party. Going into governance, the CPC has the President, Buhari from the North West, while ACN has the Vice President from the South West. The battle for the Senate President and the House Speaker in the federal legislature was keen to balance the powers of the party between the various power blocs or polar axes as well as accommodate all competing interests in the party.

APC leaders seemingly created a political scenario for intense power competition when the party's structure was lubricated to covertly support the candidacy of Ahmed Lawan of ANPP extraction from the North East for the Senate President as well as Femi Gbajabiamila of the ACN faction from the South West for the House Speaker. This was vehemently challenged by the nPDP which was gathered to have relative support from a faction of the CPC in support of Senator Bukola Abubakar Saraki from the North Central and Honourable Yakubu Dogara from the North East.

The mock election conducted by the APC leaders to elect consensus candidates for the Senate President and House of Representatives Speaker was perceived to be the handiwork of the party's national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is being suspected of eating deep into the party's leadership to entrench his hegemony and political influence over other party leaders.

Invariably, some of the party leaders in other factions mobilized to support Saraki and Dogara, deepened horse trading in the National Assembly to the PDP, which ultimately resulted in the victory of Saraki and Dogara as Senate President and Speaker, respectively. That set the stage for the main power tussle in the APC in what many stakeholders in the country construe as build up to 2019 Presidential Election.

Invariably, the current imbroglio in the APC consequent upon the emergence of candidates other than the party's official ones is a sort of preparation for the 2019 polls. The power tussle was gathered to have been initiated to reform the APC and make less of a Yoruba party as many northern elders were said to perceive it.


It was gathered that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is leading some former and incumbent governors in the north who include former Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto State, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Senator Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso, former Governor of Kano State, former Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, to wage the new battle in the party. They were said to have resolved to declare total war against Tinubu in order to secure the party for both President Buhari and other party leaders.

A source revealed to National Daily that these APC leaders were consulted by northern leaders who complained that they cannot trust Tinubu with control of the party leadership and the National Assembly. They recalled the experience when opposition lawmakers in the National Assembly were directed to lock down the Federal Government controlled by the PDP in the Goodluck Jonathan administration by the party leadership, an idea they said, emanated from Tinubu. Northern leaders were said to be perturbed that such person cannot be trusted at the height of power competition in the country and has to be tamed.

Informed sources told National Daily that the northern leaders in the party are actually working on a theory that President Buhari may not contest in the 2019 presidential election as he has purportedly signed an agreement with the party to have just one shot at the presidency.

The feeling among the northern politicians is that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu strategically placed his crony, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to take over from Buhari in 2019. Osinbajo, it will be recalled, was the Justice Commissioner when Tinubu was Governor of Lagos State.

National Daily gathered on authority that the northerners had not really forgiven former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the entire south for imposing ailing late President Umaru Yar'Adua on the then ruling party, the PDP. The eventual death of Yar'Adua, according to them, prevented the north from spending eight years at the helm of affairs just as Obasanjo did to fulfill the slot of the south-west.
The northern leaders who said they were caught unawares in 2007 insisted that they would not wait till the last minute before they start claiming what they called the northern slot which must last eight full years.

Former Vice President Atiku is one of the leading politicians from the northern bloc whom National Daily learnt is interested in the 2019 presidential race and he plans to do so officially on the platform of the APC, but indirectly the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), the political structure he inherited from the late General Shehu Yar'Adua. The votes Obasanjo was said to have garnered from the north were attributed to the influence of the Turakin Adamawa who turned the machinery of the PDM to the former President when he was selected as the running mate. Most of the northern governors and National Assembly members of the PDP stock under the presidency of Obasanjo were said to belong to the PDM, hence, their loyalty was to the former Vice President.

In fact, we learnt Atiku's ambition for 2019 was responsible for his hob knobbing with former President Goodluck Jonathan on the premise that if he won the last March 28 presidential election, he could have cross carpeted back to the PDP from the APC. This school of thought explains Atiku's conspicuous absence from the venues of Buhari's electioneering campaign.

Early in the life of the APC governance, there had been speculations that the Vice President is being sidelined in certain functions, the most recent being the two meetings President Buhari held with security chiefs. Though explanations have been given for the action but National Daily gathered that it was deliberate as it was a way to sideline Tinubu's men in the administration as the race to the 2019 presidential race has actually begun and it is meant to be a purely northern affair all the way.
“We are not going to leave anything to chances this time around,” a source close to the Atiku group was quoted to have said.

The group believed that Tinubu tactically played out Atiku from the presidential race and decided to go for Buhari believed to be old and who was alleged to have signed an agreement with Tinubu that he would only serve a single term. We reliably gathered that this move prompted Tinubu to shop for a younger Osinbajo, who we gathered, will be groomed to take over from Buhari in 2019.

The emergence of the duo of Bukola Saraki and Dogara, both northern leaders, at the head of the National Assembly was a clear demonstration of the resolve of Atiku to prevent the north from being shortchanged this time around from ruling for eight years.

The bitter pill which the APC finds difficult to swallow is the emergence of a hybrid National Assembly whereby the PDP, a minority party has succeeded in clinching the prominent position of Deputy Senate President. In fact, we gathered that the position of Dogara's deputy almost went to a member from the south-south but for last minute lobby that it should go to the south-west geopolitical zone which lost the speakership.
With the emergence of Atiku's men as President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives, he will have the jugular of the APC. This is because going by the party's constitutions both men will belong to the National Working Committee (NWC), the Board of Trustees (BOT) and the National Executive Council (NEC), bodies believed to be populated by Tinubu's men hence his firm grip on the party.

Apart from Atiku, the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, is another northern politician said to be jostling for the presidency in 2019 hence his resolve to ensure his close associate, Yakubu Dogara, emerged Speaker of the House of Representatives. While he held sway in the Green Chamber of the National Assembly, Dogara was the Chairman, House Services Committee, the most influential in the House.

“Tambuwal is also nursing a presidential ambition and needs to retain control over the House. He will not be able to retain such influence if Gbajabiamila is the Speaker,” a source had told National Daily.
Meanwhile, it was reported that Tinubu has allegedly accused Buhari of betraying the APC in the National Assembly leadership election.
Tinubu, through the Nation Newspaper, in an article titled “The untold story of PDP's coup behind Saraki's Senate Presidency” pointed an accusing finger at President Buhari for displaying neutrality in who emerges as the Senate President without due regard to the fate of the party.

According to Tinubu; “Despite the choice of National Assembly leaders being a mixture of party politics and legislative duty, the aloofness, or the perceived neutrality of the President allowed the 'fight' within APC to fester until it went of hand.”
The APC leader had explained that the invitation of the APC lawmakers to the International Conference Centre was to be at the behest of the President; shockingly, the President did not show up.


“The bewildered 51 APC Senators, who were waiting endlessly for the President in ICC, watched the proceeding of the inaugural session from a nearby TV box. Before the 51 APC Senators could race down the five-kilometre stretch from ICC to the Assembly Complex, Saraki had emerged as an unopposed candidate. To add insult to injury, President Muhammadu Buhari neither showed up nor sent apology to the stranded Senators at the ICC. They were left at the mercy of troops from the Brigade of Guards, who had already been deployed in the centre ahead of the supposed arrival of the President. Unfortunately, there was no communication between his office and the 51 APC Senators who heeded his invitation. It was around 10.35am, we saw that the inaugural session was already on and Saraki had been elected. If we were to be defeated, it should have been done on the floor,” Tinubu had complained bitterly.

Tinubu had further said that the coup in the National Assembly by PDP was a litmus test for Buhari's leadership prowess.

“The President may need to assert himself by playing a fatherly role to reunite his political platform that is in tatters. When some leaders met with the President after the coup in the Senate, he was said to 'be hollow' without a solution to the crisis at hand. The time to act is now,” he had declared.




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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by hannysur8(m): 2:20am On Jun 27, 2015
Undermine Jagaban Borgu at their own risk, this man does not have any ambition but can make u not get to where ure going.

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by gregg2: 2:33am On Jun 27, 2015
hannysur8:
Undermine Jagaban Borgu at their own risk, this man does not have any ambition but can make u not get to where ure going.

What's Tinubu's influence outside SW?

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by frankyychiji(f): 2:33am On Jun 27, 2015
hannysur8:
Undermine Jagaban Borgu at their own risk, this man does not have any ambition but can make u not get to where ure going.
You lie brother! Tinubus influence starts and ends in the some parts of south west. He is only a master in playing sectarian politics. To come into the center he needed alliances with especially the north his slave masters. And now he has been used, demystified and about to be dumped! We may yet see him go back to his comfort zone or be rendered impotent by the big names the Op mentioned.
Saraki has joined the list too! cheesy

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by hannysur8(m): 2:55am On Jun 27, 2015
frankyychiji:
You lie brother! Tinubus influence starts and ends in the some parts of south west. He is only a master in playing sectarian politics. To come into the center he needed alliances with especially the north his slave masters. And now he has been used, demystified and about to be dumped! We may yet see him go back to his comfort zone or be rendered impotent by the big names the Op mentioned.
Saraki has joined the list too! cheesy

I know his influence doesn't go beyond south west but I want u to realize to since 2011 till date whoever this man supported became the president with his influence in the west....I want u to understand that both the 2011 and 2015 election were decided by the west.

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by Mmaria: 2:56am On Jun 27, 2015
Nekwanu confussion

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by cktheluckyman: 3:28am On Jun 27, 2015
hannysur8:


I know his influence doesn't go beyond south west but I want u to realize to since 2011 till date whoever this man supported became the president with his influence in the west....I want u to understand that both the 2011 and 2015 election were decided by the west.
bros abeg go and sit down jare.
Atiku was Action congress presidential candidate, he didn't even come second in the 2007 presidential election. In 2011 ACN's Nuhu Ribadu did not do any better in 2011.Come to 2015 his contributions to APC's margin of victory was just modest. The man is highly overated by your local sw media.

The 2011 elections was never decided by the west. You may want to look at the results again. GEJ got11 million votes from the SS/SE and just 2 million from the west. His margin of victory in the election was about 10million so how did arrive at the claim that the west decided the elections?

Even in the recently concluded 2015 elections, the west gave APC a mere 500,000 margin of victory in states, a figure exceeded in several northern states so again I ask,how did the west alone decide the elections?

The only major thing the west did for APC and Buhari is propaganda but even that has a limit to which it can go

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by Kc3000: 3:28am On Jun 27, 2015
I thought Tinubu's praise singers declared him kingmaker and overlord of APC. They foolishly forget that ACN merged with other parties to form APC, and folks in these other camps have never been or intend to be subservient to Tinubu. Tinubu is not going to lord it over the likes of Buhari and Atiku. . .he was a nobody when Buhari was a Head of State of this same Nigeria. The very worst he can do is to wait for the next four years and steer his SW loyalists in a different direction when elections come up.

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by Popzike(m): 3:59am On Jun 27, 2015
PDP Still Remains The Strongest Party In Africa Bcuz A.P.C Are Collections Of Local Old Dried Palm Leaves Known As Broom Which Cant Last A Year Thats Claims Change Of Environment Headed By One Slim Broom Know As Tourist Presido President Buhari A Hollywood Star MallamBroom

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by temitemi1(m): 4:01am On Jun 27, 2015
Tinubu is limited to lagos, anything outside lagos is disgrace for him!

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by ascaris(m): 4:33am On Jun 27, 2015
All former PDP rebels! Rebels will always be rebels no matter how you try to make them saints.

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by Nobody: 4:52am On Jun 27, 2015
I will really want to see what all this chest beaters from a certainl region of these country will say or do.

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by modskiller(m): 5:11am On Jun 27, 2015
Tinubu has been quiet cos there's little or nothing he can do at this juncture.

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by 0key: 5:26am On Jun 27, 2015
ascaris:
All former PDP rebels! Rebels will always be rebels no matter how you try to make the saints.

They are rebels, yet your party accepted and praised them for attacking GEJ because such move was favouring your party. Is there any other way to explain your hypocritical statement?

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by arabbunkum: 5:45am On Jun 27, 2015
Why not leave this man to enjoy the fruits of his labour?

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by SuPeRq(f): 5:54am On Jun 27, 2015
Nawa ooo
Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by UncleJudax(m): 6:07am On Jun 27, 2015
arabbunkum:
Why not leave this man to enjoy the fruits of his labour?
Apparently, he is still labouring. We are complaining of Saraki, tinubu is equally as over ambitious, and a control freak.

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by jaybee3(m): 6:30am On Jun 27, 2015
cktheluckyman:
bros abeg go and sit down jare.
Atiku was Action congress presidential candidate, he didn't even come second in the 2007 presidential election. In 2011 ACN's Nuhu Ribadu did not do any better in 2011.Come to 2015 his contributions to APC's margin of victory was just modest. The man is highly overated by your local sw media.

The 2011 elections was never decided by the west. You may want to look at the results again. GEJ got11 million votes from the SS/SE and just 2 million from the west. His margin of victory in the election was about 10million so how did arrive at the claim that the west decided the elections?

Even in the recently concluded 2015 elections, the west gave APC a mere 500,000 margin of victory in states, a figure exceeded in several northern states so again I ask,how did the west alone decide the elections?

The only major thing the west did for APC and Buhari is propaganda but even that has a limit to which it can go
For your mind you go do believe say you dey intelligent ba?

Can one be the president by satisfying the condition of having the most votes alone?

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by Nobody: 6:35am On Jun 27, 2015
jaybee3:

For your mind you go do believe say you dey intelligent ba?

Can one be the president by satisfying the condition of having the most votes alone?

Even in 2015 is there any SW state GEJ had less than 40% of the votes? That is to tell you that Tinubu is overrated. GEJ also met 25% in 2011 in all the NC and a couple of Nw and NE states.
Every body counts during elections, no region is superior to another.

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by opiaoku: 6:38am On Jun 27, 2015
Popzike:
PDP Still Remains The Strongest Party In Africa Bcuz A.P.C Are Collections Of Local Old Dried Palm Leaves Known As Broom Which Cant Last A Year Thats Claims Change Of Environment Headed By One Slim Broom Know As Tourist Presido President Buhari A Hollywood Star MallamBroom

The bastard burukutu sipping gorilla

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by jaybee3(m): 6:40am On Jun 27, 2015
chukwudi44:

Even in 2015 is there any SW state GEJ had less than 40% of the votes? That is to tell you that Tinubu is overrated. GEJ also met 25% in 2011 in all the NC and a couple of Nw and NE states.
Every body counts during elections, no region is superior to another.
Do you understand badwagon effect?

I mean this is basic common sense, buhari has guaranteed numbers from the north BUT that alone cannot make him president

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by BluMalam(m): 6:45am On Jun 27, 2015
chukwudi44:

Every body counts during elections, no region is superior to another.

Lol, the last elections proved that statement to be a blatant lie. President Buhari won without an ounce of support from the SE so shove that lie where the sun doesn't shine.

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by Nobody: 6:50am On Jun 27, 2015
No matter anything, tinubu will always be welcomed in south west... since obafemi awolowo died.. it took us time to produce obasanjo, now we have tinubu...

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by QuotaSystem: 6:50am On Jun 27, 2015
BluMalam:


Lol, the last elections proved that statement to be a blatant lie. President Buhari won without an ounce of support from the SE so shove that lie where the sun doesn't shine.

Exactly. No northerner needs the SE to become President.

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by Nobody: 7:03am On Jun 27, 2015
temitemi1:
Tinubu is limited to lagos, anything outside lagos is disgrace for him!

Fayemi, mimiko, ajimobi, aregbesola, adams, ibikunle,
Even fayose will not agree with this calm.

Tinubu installed ACN foundation in all south western state

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by charlove(m): 7:06am On Jun 27, 2015
This is the result of merging different political parties....TOO MANY KINGS IN ONE PALACE undecided

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by Nobody: 7:26am On Jun 27, 2015
hannysur8:
Undermine Jagaban Borgu at their own risk, this man does not have any ambition but can make u not get to where ure going.

grin grin grin grin He is a puppet in the hands of the North, a mere slave, he cant do jack shiit, the best he can do is to come back to Lagos and police Ambode as the local champion

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by bright007(f): 7:31am On Jun 27, 2015
Tinubu has been used, its now dumping time

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by Holywizard(m): 7:42am On Jun 27, 2015
tinubu will end up like dat crazy bastard AWOLOWO

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by Nobody: 7:55am On Jun 27, 2015
BluMalam:


Lol, the last elections proved that statement to be a blatant lie. President Buhari won without an ounce of support from the SE so shove that lie where the sun doesn't shine.
Just like shagari, Obasanjo etc also won without the votes from the west

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by Nobody: 7:57am On Jun 27, 2015
same2u:


Fayemi, mimiko, ajimobi, aregbesola, adams, ibikunle,
Even fayose will not agree with this calm.

Tinubu installed ACN foundation in all south western state
You mean the same Mimiko and Fayose that decimatedhim in their states?

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Re: Northern APC Chieftains Move To Undermine Tinubu - National Daily by lionduke(m): 8:00am On Jun 27, 2015
Holywizard:
tinubu will end up like dat crazy bastard AWOLOWO
You mean that one that drank rat poison out of frustration.

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