The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole has met with the governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, and a former Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso as the duo’s defection plans reached advanced stage.
DAILY NIGERIAN reliably gathered that the APC leadership’s entreaties appear fruitless as Mr Tambuwal’s defection plans in order to vie for presidency had reached “a point of no-return”.
“Tambuwal had reached a point of no-return. He is just waiting for time to announce his defection,” said a source close to the governor.
For Mr Kwankwaso, who has been openly meeting top leaders of the PDP, negotiation is on top gear as to how a portion of the party’s structure at the state level may be ceded to him.
“Kwankwaso is negotiating a reasonable stake in the party’s structure at the state level. And at the federal level, he is presenting himself as the best candidate to beat President Buhari,” said an inside source.
Mr Oshiomhole’s spokesman, Simon Ebegbulem, said the party chairman has been meeting aggrieved party members of late in order to stabilize the party.
“He met with the APC Caucus in the senate and the House twice seeking for peace. He met with Tambuwal, Kwankwaso individually and Saraki severally pleading for peace.
“As we speak he is still talking to them. We believe that the kind of implosion that people are envisaging may not happen. So his efforts are yielding results and he is determined to ensure that he brings many of them back to the fold.
“I want you to also know that he had experienced sleepless night dealing with the crisis in the party and the Ekiti state election. He has stressed the need for party leaders across board to bury their pride so they can achieve success.
“For him, the re-election of President Buhari is a priority and he has made it abundantly clear that any party leader who fails to embrace peace may be axed.
“For him ensuring peace ahead of the general election is not negotiable and any party leader who constitutes himself into nuisance in the search for peace may suffer the wrath of the party,” he added.