2019 Presidency: South-West APC Heavyweights Holding Meetings With PDP

By Ikenga Chronicles November 15, 2016

The crises within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have prompted some of the party’s chieftains in the South-West to commence a realignment with their kinsmen in the opposition parties, ahead of the 2019 elections. The game plan was to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 ambition is thwarted and frustrated.

Although a cold war had ensued among the various blocs in the APC immediately after the victory of the party at the 2015 general elections, the relative peace finally got ruptured after the party’s primaries for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.

The party’s National Leader, Bola Tinubu’s scathing attack on the National Chairman, John Oyegun, whom he accused of taking sides with the eventual candidate of the party, Rotimi Akeredolu, against his anointed, Segun Abraham, brought to fore, the party’s wide gulf.

Ikenga Chronicles learnt that several meetings have been held between members of the various political divides in the Southwest zone. Though their outcomes were not made public, they point towards the realignment move.

Among such meetings were those between Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola and his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayodele Fayose. Some Afenifere leaders led by Adebanjo have also met with Tinubu.

There was another meeting between some chieftains of the PDP and the Tinubu bloc for a possible alliance. A chieftain of the party in South-West, who confirmed the meeting, however, refused to give details.The meeting is said
to have held in London.

A PDP source disclosed that some APC members in South-West, who feel marginalised in the party, want to pull out.

“The truth of the matter is that certain sections of PDP want to pull out and merge with some aggrieved members of APC. A meeting was held in London apart from several meetings here in Nigeria,” he said.

The source recalled that Fayose and Aregbesola have been exchanging visits for some time, adding “but let’s see what this turns out to.”

“They are against the formation of an entirely new party. They are also saying that leaving the PDP now is not the best option,” the source stated.

Speaking on the development, the Lagos State chairman of the APC, Henry Ajomale, revealed that there was nothing wrong in Tinubu’s bloc aligning with other forces for the progress of the South- West.

“There is no reason why we cannot have realignment of forces to become one and be like we used to be during the Action Group (AG) and the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) days.”

Adebanjo, who confirmed the moves, also disclosed that there is nothing wrong in Afenifere aligning with the Tinubu’s bloc ahead of the 2019 polls.

Relating the sequence of event the source who craved for anonymity said: “The game has changed and the Northern bloc in the APC appears to have drawn the line against the South-West bloc, hence the need for a fresh move for realignment ahead of the 2019 polls.

‘’The South-West leaders and some governors in the zone from the party are the ones at the forefront of the budding coalition.”

‘’Don’t forget that South- West is always progressive in nature and this new alignment is aimed at two sets of people; the former allies of Tinubu like the Afenifere bloc and some willing members of the opposition parties, who are ready to key into the process.”

“Several accords have been reached and by the time the new path is unveiled, many will be shocked. Two governors in the South-West are involved. In fact, one of them met with the Afenifere recently.”

The source added: “We were used and dumped by the Northern bloc of the APC loyal to Mr. President, but we have decided to take the bull by the horn and damn the attendant consequences.”

“Interestingly, we have the deep sympathy of the people and that is a big factor in the game of politics.”

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