President Muhammadu Buhari seems to be making fresh moves to mend fences with a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the Punch is reporting.
According to the Punch, Buhari decided to reach out to Tinubu to seek his support for the control of the APC.
Despite repeated claims by Tinubu that all is well between him and the President, sources close to the former governor of Lagos have stated that he is not happy with the way some of his key allies were neglected by Buhari in his appointments.
A top source told the Punch that Buhari has failed to reciprocate Tinubu’s loyalty to the President.
“You will recall that Tinubu was initially supporting George Akume for the senate president position, but he switched over to Lawan when it became obvious that that was the man the President preferred. Also, many APC members are aware that Tinubu lost out in ministerial and many of the appointments made by the President.”
Also quoting another unnamed source, The newspaper reports that Tinubu is so disillusioned with the Buhari administration that he had adopted a what the source described as a “siddon look” attitude towards the President.
He said prominent members of the party were worried that the president failed to consider the APC leader’s candidates for appointments.
According to the paper, Buhari is reaching out to Tinubu to help frustrate the move by some members of the party led by former Kano State Governor, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, to reposition themselves for the 2019 presidential race.
Kwankwaso is believed to have commenced move to contest for the Presidency in 2019.
The Kano State chapter of the APC had, at a press conference in Kano, said that it was probing the former governor’s “misconduct,” adding that there was no presidential vacancy in the party.
But Kwankwaso, has denied the claim.
“Buhari needs the support of Tinubu to survive the onslaught of elements that want to seize the control of the party ahead of the 2019 elections,” Punch claimed a top APC member said.
It is believed that Tinubu loyalists will be considered in fresh appointment expected to be done by the President in the months ahead, Tinubu’s loyalists would be taken care of as a way of wooing the APC leader.
“Although the President is not somebody who can be dictated to, he is not an ungrateful person. He is aware of the role played by Tinubu in his election and he will not abandon the man.”
The former lawmaker said President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the APC must find a way of working together in spite of whatever individual differences they might have.
“I would advise that President Buhari sits with the leadership of his party for them to do some soul searching.
“They must realise that they need each other to deliver on the promises made to Nigerians; they must be seen to be on the same page on issues of policy and what have you.
“Those handling the President must be able to tell him some home truths about how democracy works-you need people.”