By Wale Akinola
With three years away to the expiration of the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari as President of Nigeria, intense jostling over who will be his successor has begun in rabid earnest. Here are the issues at play, the major players to watch and the shape of things to come.
In recent months, the recurring topic of discussion among major political stakeholders in Nigeria has been centered on the crisis within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), particularly the crisis in Edo State where the former National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole is at dagger drawn with the recently defected Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki who is seeking re-election for a second term.
While it looks like the crisis in Edo State has consumed both parties, the crisis within the National Working Committee of APC remained at its crescendo. While the Victor Giadom leadership, ordered by court, was being recognized by President Buhari, the other members of the NWC were (still are?) recognized by the National Leader of the Party Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
With the court order providing legitimacy to Chief Victor Giadom to act as Chairman, he called for a NEC meeting for last Thursday, 25th June 2020, of which the president had informed members of NEC that he’ll be attending – and indeed chaired. The NWC members, loyal toTinubu, kicked against the President’s decision and tagged the NEC meeting illegal. They obviously were of the opinion that the outcome of the NEC meeting will not be favourable to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the leader of the ACN bloc within the APC. The jury is still out on that though, as the party regroupss under a new caretaker committee headed by Buni.
However, with reports already saying that the ACN bloc may have already concluded plans to work with Atiku Abubakar for 2023, it appears neither of Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and former Lagos State Governor and current Governor of Ekiti State Dr. John Kayode Fayemi appear to be part of the plot.
You’ll recall that Asiwaju Tinubu gave the ACN ticket to the former EFCC boss, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, yet he pulled out to work with President Goodluck Jonathan of PDP in 2011.
The idea of his subordinates attacking perceived enemies, who are senior members of the APC, such as Governors Fayemi, El-Rufai, and Akeredolu; the Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi and other members, who are insisting that internal democracy be allowed to take root in the party, rather than one man dictating to every other person, is rather unfortunate.
Certainly, the time for the President to take a stand is now. The countdown has indeed begun.
Wale Akinola, a political analyst sent in this piece from Lagos State viaWaleakinola_1840@gmail.com