Things Fall Apart in the APC as Tinubu and Atiku Set Plans to Float New Parties

By Ikenga Chronicles October 24, 2016

Things Fall Apart in the APC as Tinubu and Atiku Set Plans to Float New Parties

In Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, all is not well. There is an ailment that doesn’t seem to have any cure soon, and it spreading even faster than the national discontent of the leadership at the centre. The party that promised change and the journey to the promised land is not only failing in the promises, but gradually leading the nation back to a long-forgotten era.

But this is not the greatest danger for the APC. The death threat now is the infighting that has enveloped this party that has been described by some as a political concoction with no remedy for the ailments on whose cure it rode to power. This has led to two of its heavyweights now being reported to be on the part to creating a new bloc out of the  present APC.

Tinubu, the national leader of the party and Nigeria’s most successful political godfather today, and another heavyweight, Atiku Abubakar, former vice president and business tycoon are not happy with the leader they voted in, and are taking steps towards correcting the mistake by floating a new party.

Atiku’s discontent is said to be from his initial intent to be the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party, a move that has been scuttled by some within the party leadership and the presidency. Atiku has not openly expressed his discontent, but has tacitly made known his anger with the present leadership through tweets.

Tinubu’s on the other hand has been expressed and already in the public domain. From the elections in Kogi in which his choice Faleke who was running mate to Audu was dropped on the death of the latter, and replaced with the incumbent, Yahaya, to Ondo State, where he was dealt another blow in his hopes of controlling the party structure in the South West. His plans in Ondo also failed as Akeredolu defeated his candidate Abraham.

Tinubu has recently expressed his anger at the party being controlled by some who never worked for the emergence and subsequent victory, a view echoed by Aisha, the president’s wife in her explosive interview with the BBC.

The national discontent with the party has not helped matters, compounded by the economic woes, and the president’s continuous communication mishaps. A lot of other issues also remain unresolved.

For now, no major announcement has come from any of the camps. Political watchers have their eyes open, and eagerly await the final implosion. How soon will that be?

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