Ongoing rumours that Asiwaju Tinubu is likely to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC), has top the discussions in Nigeria’s political circles.
Asiwaju, a chieftain of APC, and a presidential aspirant under the party, is said to be considering leaving the party if there is no level playing ground at the party’s primaries; which his supporters is seriously canvassing for.
Political analysts said, Tinubu’s plan to dump APC for a yet to be known party, may be, for the Social Democratic Party (SDP), started when some aggrieved party members, and supporters of Tinubu feared that, there are possibilities that some ‘cabals’ in the presidency might manipulate primaries.
Another source said, Tinubu’s supporters fears became heightened when the party’s national chairman, Mai Mala Buni’s removal was allegedly aborted with the support of President Muhammad Buhari.
Agitations over Buni’s removal, and other controversies within the party over the change in leadership of the APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), have been ongoing for a while.
Asiwaju’s supporters therefore feared that, with Buni back as the party’s national chairman, and without Tinubu having a say in the preparations for the March 26 National Convention, there is likely not to be a fair play during the primaries.
Tinubu’s followers are however optimistic that, he, (Tinubu), will not relinquished his position as a leader of the APC whether he is allowed to get involve in the forthcoming national convention or not.