Why some top APC stakeholders may not work for Tinubu’s candidacy. There are rumors that certain All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftains who are dissatisfied with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate, may either stay neutral or work against him in the 2023 election. According to DAILY POST, when the former governor of Lagos State won the APC presidential nomination on June 8, 2022, some party stakeholders split with him.
Remember that Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the party’s national chairman, had named Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the APC’s consensus presidential candidate before the party’s national convention, which elected Asiwaju as its flagbearer.
However, certain governors and party members who were supposed to be loyal to Asiwaju and who insisted on a Southern president quickly opposed the proposal.
Similarly, several NWC members opposed the decision and asked that more presidential candidates, such as Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Engineer David Umahi, and Rotimi Amaechi, be permitted to run in the primary.
Ahmad Lawan can now lick his wounds, Tinubu urged him in his victory address at Eagles Square in Abuja after he was ultimately proclaimed the winner of the indirect primary election.
I’m a little miffed that you ran against me, but thank you, you may now lick your wounds, he said.
With 1,271 votes, Tinubu defeated Rotimi Amaechi, who received 316 votes, to claim the presidency.
In an interview with DAILY POST on Saturday in Abuja, an APC leader named Dr. Martins Apeh said that Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo had genuinely declined the invitation to join the party’s freshly unveiled presidential campaign council.
He claims that the vice president and Rotimi Amaechi, the former governor of Rivers State, have little faith in Tinubu’s candidacy and will withdraw their support.
“You see, Osinbajo believes in the New Nigeria Project; he doesn’t believe in the old politicians who might not have anything to give Nigerians but rather regard power as a commodity that can be attained,” he stated.
“Osinbajo made it plain after his loss in the primary that he still supported the creation of a New Nigeria. That ought to serve as a warning to Nigerians like you and me. If the vice president publicly declares their support for a candidate from another party, don’t be shocked.
Martins stated of the former governor of Rivers State, “Amaechi is still extremely upset with the party over what transpired during the APC primary. Both he and other Nigerians were shocked by it.
He stated that individuals who wanted the nation to resume functioning would not risk another four years in the “hands of persons they don’t feel can deliver” by saying Amaechi, Osinbajo, and Lawal “may work for the presidential candidate of another party.”
The former minister of transportation, Amaechi, may not accept his nomination as the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council’s Special Adviser on Infrastructure, according to a previous story in the Daily Post.
Remember that Amaechi stated in Port Harcourt on July 25 that the delegates who supported Tinubu in the APC presidential primaries regretted their choice.
“Those who voted during the APC primaries, who are they?” asks Amaechi. Ordinary Nigerians describe them. The modest amount of money they received resolved their immediate issue, but now they claim they erred, and you are hearing conflicting accounts.
Mr. Patrick Okwori, another party head, claimed that the presidential cabals were unhappy that Tinubu had been elected.
“Even some of us who are working really hard to advance our party even to the grassroot levels are doing it because it is our party and the party must work, not because of any candidate.
“A number of our stakeholders are unhappy that the party is running a Muslim-Muslim ticket. The campaign would have been extremely straightforward since both Amaechi and Osinbajo are Christians, and it would have been easy to recruit a Muslim from the north, he said.