From the left, the SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapher; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; Chairman APC Presidential Campaign Council, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Co-Chairman, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu singing the national anthem during the inauguration ceremony of the APC Presidential Campaign Council at the African Hall, International Conference Centre, Abuja, Pic Vanguard
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Yakubu Busari, Jos
Over four hundred groups registered under the Buhari Campaign Organization, BCO, have blasted APC Govs as they set to shun Buhari campaign council over Tinubu’s role
The group raised the alarm that considering the rising discontent within the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the composition of its presidential campaign council billed to be inaugurated on Monday , by President Muhammadu Buhari.
A statement issued by Director, Strategic Communications, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Mr. Festus Keyamo, said the inauguration would take place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
However ,the statements has not gone down well with teeming supporters including some prominent members of the party who are now frowning on the composition of the council, which they allege is populated mainly by people believed to be loyal to one of the unofficial Leaders of APC, Bola Tinubu.
According to investigation, this challenge has created intense disaffection among stakeholders who have expressed their and displeasure threatening to renounce their membership.
Keyamo’s statement said Buhari was expected to conduct the inauguration in his capacity as chairman of the campaign council.
Three major elements are said to have influenced the composition of the campaign council. They are the Bola Tinubu factor, issue of the alleged cabal within the Buhari government, and the Rotimi Amaechi factor. But the other tendencies are believed to have been dwarfed by the Tinubu factor.
Besides Tinubu’s prevailing influence, the structure of the council is believed to be too unwieldy to facilitate the achievement of the expected results.
For example, some members of the party are said to be questioning the need for two chairmen – Buhari and Tinubu – in a presidential campaign council, calling it undue duplication. The only rationale co chairman ought to have been the party chairman Aliyu Adams Oshiomhole to balance public officers and party executives nomenclature in the campaign council. Tinubu has no official designation in the party.
The same argument is being pushed against the choice of two secretaries for the council, in the persons of Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, and a former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos State, under Tinubu administration Mr. Dele Alake.
Mr Alake runs Tinubu’s electronic media empire Television and Radio Continental stationed in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos.
Some prominent APC members are worried that Tinubu could secure such a strategic position while the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and the national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, are appointed mere deputies. Will Tinubu be presenting flags to the party candidates in the presence of Oshiomhole.
There are issues, too, with the zonal coordination of the campaign, which is practically taken away from state governors. This is a departure from what obtained in 2015, when the governors not only coordinated, but also agreed among themselves who should lead each zone. Many aggrieved members say the governors have been practically excluded from any role in the election, since looking after their states is a responsibility that comes naturally for them in any election.
Besides, persons appointed to coordinate in the zones are suspected to have been chosen to either work at cross-purposes with the governors or serve as counterforces for certain persons in the respective zones. This development is creating crisis in the party.
The appointment of Olusola Oke, a former Alliance for Democracy governorship candidate in Ondo State, for instance, as the coordinator for South-west is said to have been done without consultation with the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, let alone other governors from the zone. Tinubu funded Olushola Oke governorship quest on AD platform in Ondo state. The implication is that he is not likely to work well with governors in the zone, more so as Tinubu put him in that position, essentially to rival Akeredolu and his allies.
A similar situation is said to be playing out in the North-west with the appointment of a former governor of Sokoto State and serving Senator, Aliyu Wamakko, as coordinator, to the dissatisfaction of governors Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa and Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State.
In the South-east, the appointment of Sharon Ikeazor has also not gone down well with many leaders in the zone, including Minister of Labour Chris Ngige, who are said to see her choice as sheer disrespect for their place as leaders in the zone.
The choice of a former Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio, as the South-south coordinator is being interpreted in many quarters to mean the creation of a counterforce in the zone against the influence of the Director-General of the campaign and Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.
Many aggrieved leaders of the party also believe that not giving an important role in the campaign to a person like the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, means that the composition is not properly thought out.
Again Tinubu’s former Finance Commissioner Wale Edu is in charge of the campaign council finances. Tinubu tipped Edun for ministerial slot in 2015, but his nomination was dropped for Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s nomination. Edun runs Tinubu’s Vintage Media, publishers of The Nation newspaper.
In fact, the vice president is alleged to be running his show privately with one of his aides, independent of the campaign council, a development the aggrieved members are interpreting to mean poor composition and coordination of the campaign council. And worse, a frontal measure to whittle down his structure in preparation against his presidential ambition in 2023.