2019: Yoruba Leaders Consider Dumping APC

By Ikenga Chronicles November 11, 2016

2019: Yoruba Leaders Consider Dumping APC

Reports reveal that Bola Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osibanjo among other South West politicians have concluded plans to dump the ruling party to protest against the injustice in the party allegedly orchestrated by President Muhammadu Buhari. Senator Adesoji Akanbi, representing Oyo South who authoritatively confirmed this development on Thursday evening urged Nigerians to wait and see the new political realignment and alliances ahead of 2019.

It was gathered that many members of the APC, who are loyal to Tinubu, are awaiting his directive before leaving the ruling party. According to Punch,  high-profile meetings of politicians across party lines are being held discreetly to fine-tune strategies for the emergence of an alternative political platform to fight for power come 2019. Towards this end, governors and lawmakers, especially senators from the South-West, are said to have intensified consultations to ensure that they are not used and dumped in the next dispensation.

While speaking, Akanbi said some of those who were part of the formation of the APC, and who had become uncomfortable with the turnout of events after the party attained power, might be considering their options.

“You know that ambition can drive people and a lot of people, when it comes to amalgamation like that of the APC, some people may feel cheated and may not be happy with the outcome of the whole thing. It is normal.”

“There is no way you can form a new party in a room. Nigerians should not be too eager to see the outcome of such (secret and closed-door) meetings because they are still coming out to the public to canvass for support. Let us all wait and see.”

In reference to Tinubu, he said, “Personally, someone like me is a committed member of the APC and I still have my leader. Politics is about the grassroots. You have to know what your people want before you can decide on what to do. I am from the South-West and we have a way of doing our thing. We still have a leader.”

Akanbi, insisted that the people of the South-West had their way of responding to political challenges when they occurred, adding that the decision of the leader, most often than not, was in line with the popular wish of the people of the geo-political zone.

He said, “I have not mentioned any name but whatever it is, it is going to be a collective decision. Personally, I am an advocate of regional integration. When I say regional, I am particular about the South-West, where I come from.”

Recall that the suspended Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Timi Frank, had, in a report hinted that an alternative political platform was in the offing, which might emerge in the political space within the first two quarters of 2018.

Frank had said, “I say this without fear of contradiction; major political re-alignments are going on in this country. I don’t want a scenario whereby my party, the APC, will lose out. I don’t want us to lose our members to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party or any other political party for that matter.”

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