A very influential senator from the North-East who is very close to President Buhari has said President Muhammadu Buhari was being undermined by those desperate to take over from him in 2019.
“The rancour in the APC is being orchestrated by some people in order to frustrate and distract Buhari from performing”.
The Senator added that Buhari is so far the only person that has the capacity to bring social reforms in the country, and if he is not supported, the country will fail.
The Senator who preferred to remain anonymous pointed to the ongoing diatribe between former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and also the battle between the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and national leader Bola Tinubu.
It will be recalled that the Governor of Kaduna State had during the week launched a salvo against Alhaji Atiku saying, “Alhaji Atiku is already running for 2019, and he thinks he can make people like us collateral damage in his attempt to rejuvenate his image.
“This obsession for power inclined him to support the rebellion against the party (APC) that manifested in the National Assembly, and is continuing with obvious disrespect for the incumbent president.
“Everyone knows that I support and will continue to work for the success of President Muhammadu Buhari as he leads our country through tough times.
Nasir El-Rufai was responding to an allegation made by Atiku in an interview, in which he claimed that he turned down shares offered him by El-Rufai during the incorporation of Transcorp Hilton. Political analysts believe that El-Rufai and Atiku are in contention for the 2019 presidency and that their fight will take a different shape in the event that Buhari goes for a second term.
In addition, there is a battle for the soul of the party in states like Kano, Bauchi, Ondo, Lagos, among others. Pundits believe that it is no longer news that the APC is exploding.
In the South-West, supporters of National Leader of the party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu are reportedly calling on him to float a new party and wean the APC of his support, saying he has been relegated in the scheme of things.
Tinubu’s Supporters under the hashtag #IStandWithTinubu, held a grand rally in Lagos echoing Tinubu’s displeasure over state of affairs in the APC.
The argument is that in the event that Tinubu pulls out of the APC, the party would be ‘too malnourished’ to win re-election although there are insinuations that President Buhari is building a new bloc in the zone through ministers and other appointees.