The Presidency has via security agencies reportedly launched a surveillance ring around National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and some members of the National Assembly, as alleged plot against President Muhammadu Buhari heightens.
According to report, the subterfuge, which presidency sources said is connected to the decision of President Buhari to dump several nominees submitted by some party leaders and political godfathers for ministerial appointments, has led to a move to mend fences between the two major contending forces in the Senate.
It was also learnt that some state governors, party leaders and political godfathers, whose nominees were dumped by the President for his preferred candidates, have begun to “unleash their goons in a well coordinated media campaigns and groups’ protests against Mr President’s choice of ministerial nominees”
It was also gathered that of particular interest to some intelligence agencies keeping a tab on the plot “is the decision of an APC leader in the South-West to jet out of the country the moment he realised that he could not push through his ministerial nominees, only to be coordinating attacks against the President from his base outside the country.”
Speaking to Saturday SUN, a top official in one of the nation’s intelligence agencies said: “because the investigation is still at the preliminary stage”, that “a particular political godfather who has been spearheading the campaign to remove the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has suddenly turned round to be reaching out to Senators in his (Saraki’s) camp to mend fences so as to form a joint force to launch an attack against the President.”
“We are following all of these clues and leads including promises by the same person to help crush the criminal charges against a leading Senator. This brand of politics will in no way help the ruling party and the nation. One man must not have his way in all cases and in every arrangement.”
A close associate of Tinubu, who pleaded for anonymity, however, said that indeed the APC leader was badly hurt by the rejection of his ministerial nominees by Buhari, he would, however, not have a hand in pulling down “a house he almost single-handedly built with his efforts and resources.”