In a bid to control the levers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2019 elections, major forces in the governing party are currently in a suppressed war, which has split the party into, at least, three major factions.
The internal crisis in APC is deep-seated such that the various factions have weakened the ruling party. The only difference now between APC and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
is that in the former, it is a suppressed war, while in the latter, the party is divided along Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu Sheriff factions with cases on the leadership in various courts. New Telegraph learnt that there are three major tendencies in the party: Bola Tinubu, Abuja group and Buhari loyalists.
The Tinubu tendency, which has Chief Bisi Akande, former governor of Osun State and ex-Interim National Chairman of the APC with a few APC governors aligned, has been the subject of attacks from forces in the party. The tendency played a major role in the merger of the legacies party that coalesced to form APC to pull out from the APC, credible sources have disclosed.
The fourth tendency is the party leadership, especially the national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, and national legal adviser, Muiz Banire. The party leadership is more aligned to the Abuja group. All the groups are working at cross-purposes.
While the Tinubu-Akande tendency is today strategizing on how to hold on to the South- West front, the Abuja group, led by el-Rufai, is working with the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led South-West block to take control of the party structures in the zone from Tinubu. It was learnt that major forces in the party see Tinubu as a common enemy ahead of 2019.
“What exactly is Tinubu’s sin, no one has been told. How can
someone who played a part in the electoral victories of APC at
virtually all levels suddenly become a threat?” an associate of
Tinubu asked. Multiple sources told New Telegraph that the idea is to weaken the support base of Tinubu ahead of 2019 general
The internal strife within the APC played out in the recent
governorship primaries of the party in Ondo State where the Abuja tendency worked against Tinubu and ensured that their
preferred aspirant, Rotimi Akeredolu, emerged as the party’s
candidate in the November 20 poll.
There is suspicion in the Tinubu camp that the Abuja group and
the party’s national leadership manipulated the process in