President Muhammadu Buhari
The gap between the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, and some influential party governors, who were only three months before the general election, is a serious concern for President Muhammadu Buhari.
The feud, which has its origins in the power struggle between the big blocs of the party, has deepened after the recent primaries that degenerate into a clash between Oshiomhole and the governors of Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun. Imo, Rochas Okorocha; Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu and Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara on the election of candidates for election positions in their respective federal states.
The President's concern, particularly the impact of the worsening crisis on the party's chances in the upcoming elections, has led to a series of meetings between the feuding parties and the president and other stakeholders in the presidential villa over the last two weeks.
Last weekend, things took on a more worrying dimension as the Department of State Services (DSS) detained Oshiomhole on Sunday and Monday for hours of interrogation for alleged sabotage and financial incentives from candidates.
Saturday Sun also learned that the head of the party was being investigated for alleged payments by a governor in the northeast of the country, who ran for a second term, and a candidate of the governor of the Southwest who allegedly split $ 2 million. It was not specified to whom the payments were made.
The weight of some of the allegations and the determination of the security organization to continue investigations have put Oshiomhole under pressure to resign because of the damage the result may have had to him and the party he has cited. Although he has left the country during the week to calm things down, the figures show the opposite, as it seems that more storms are gathering for him and awaiting his return.
Collaborators and supporters of the party leader have already pointed to Amosun, Okorocha, Akeredolu and the governor of Ekiti, dr. Kayode Fayemi, as accused fingers. The basis of their allegation is that over the past two weeks, the four governors have practically converted the President's mansion into their home to nail Oshiomhole.
One of the governors who spoke with Saturday Sun, however, contradicted the claim. "No doubt we had meetings with the President, but our visits have nothing to do with Oshiomhole's investigation. We are only interested in protecting the president from some deadly traps, because what is happening now is a serious concern for the president. For example, if we let them undermine Amosun in Ogun, Amosun may lose, but the President will lose as well. This is her game plan. That was the same mistake that President Jonathan made, and we try to prevent President Buhari from falling into the same trap. "said the governor.
Governor Fayemi dismissed the allegation against Saturday also as groundless. "We have nothing to do with his ordeal, no one should please connect us with it," He emphasized and asked to be excluded from the conversation.
In another exclusive talk with Governor of the State of Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu, he asserted that concerted efforts would be made to solve the burning issues.
His words, "As events in political democracy, in which occasionally misunderstandings and abuses occur, these are necessary features of any democracy. Today we see midterm elections in the US. For people who have been watching me over the past few weeks, we have seen challenges that seem almost insurmountable, but here we are. In Nigeria, too, we believe that the problems that affect the primaries in all states, such as those you mentioned, would be solved. We believe that the national leadership of our party and our party leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, engage in a meaningful way that will lead to a resolution.
"As for the party in the 2019 election, we believe that our party is very strong. We believe the President's notes are there for everyone. As I said, democracy is give and take. What we want is the kind of commitment that we believe will lead to a solution. "
He also spoke exclusively to Plateau, the governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong, and said that mutual respect was needed in the party.
According to him, "The party has a mechanism for resolving conflicts, no matter how difficult they are. We started earlier, we had our conflict, whether it was the type of election, and we came here and solved it. So in every party, like the APC, we understand that there will always be conflicts. Politics is about conflict, it's about different interests. So we have a mechanism to solve such conflicts. I've told you that we have mechanisms to resolve internal conflicts, we're working on the mechanism, and I assure you that at the end of the day, you'll just wait to see if we can solve it or not. "
As to who should control the party in the states, Governor Lalong said, "There are two views because the same party says it wants to take the party away from the governors because the governors kidnapped the party. How do you kidnap the party if you do not finance it? These are conflicts within the party. In some cases they will say that the governors abducted the party for over-financing the party, and in another breath they will say that the governors are not financing the party. "