The attempt by the former Lagos State Governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, to extend the tentacle of influence to Ogun State may have pitched him against former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
Obasanjo and Amosun are said to be angry with Tinubu for nominating Wale Edun as the nominee from Ogun State in the proposed cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Edun was a Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State when Tinubu was governor of the state.
Tinubu is pushing him to become the new Minister of Finance in Buhari’s cabinet.
Edun’s problem started when a group of influential Lagos indigenes, including traditional rulers and some of his colleagues that served in the Tinubu administration, kicked against his choice as a Lagos State ministerial nominee.
The group equally informed Obasanjo and Amosun of Tinubu’s decision to ensure Edun becomes Ogun State nominee. But Obasanjo and the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, also kicked.
Sources say Obasanjo has called Tinubu and advised him to desist from pushing Edun as Ogun State nominee.
He was said to have warned that Ogun people would not allow Tinubu to fill the slot of the state with somebody whose work and career were rooted in Lagos State.
Obasanjo reportedly cited the example of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, from Ogun State, whom Tinubu nominated as Vice President, adding that he considered Osinbajo to be more of a Lagosian than an indigene of Ogun State
Obasanjo and Gov Ibikunle Amosun of ogun have agreed to give the state’s slot in the cabinet to a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Auditor, Chief Bode Mustapha.
Sources said the two recent visits of Obasanjo to Buhari in Abuja was to submit the name of Mustapha and his other nominees.
The submission of the ministerial list by Obasanjo to the President informed the September 9 visit of Tinubu and former Interim National Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande, to Buhari, 24 hours after the former president visited.
At the meeting with Buhari, Tinubu and Akande reportedly told the president that South-West APC leaders would not accept a situation where Obasanjo would determine those who become ministers.
They noted that Obasanjo is not a member of the APC and cannot appropriate the positions of the zone to himself.