The ’inviolable’ unity that exist among key political office holders and top echelons of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is beginning to show heavy cracks.
There are rumours of an internal dissent between President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over key decisions taken by the former.
A highly profiled source of the party in the National Assembly squealed that: “There have been cases of appointments into offices, which have generated tension between the President and Tinubu. That is just one angle to the issues.”
Speaking on the other angle, the source said that there was an attempt to sideline Tinubu because he held no official position in the party.
“During most decision-making meetings of the party, key officials often point out that he (Tinubu) cannot influence decisions on the grounds of being the national leader because there is no such office in the APC constitution.
“For example, while political office holders like the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Mr. President, National Assembly members, governors, among others may have a say in decision-making, the office of national leader has no much powers,” the source added.
This was also why the choice of who would occupy the position of Chairman of the Board Trustees of the party had become a contest between former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Tinubu.
“It had been initially agreed that Abubakar should become the BOT chairman. But, since the other leaders are now saying that the position of national leader is unconstitutional, Tinubu wants to revert to the position of BOT chairman.
“That way, he will become a major decision– maker in the affairs of the party and the Federal Government as presently constituted,” the official added.
The source further credited the recent criticism of President Buhari and the APC-led Federal Government by Tinubu’s wife, Remi, and his daughter as “signs” of the alleged cold war between the President and the national leader of his party.