See Why Tinubu Might Dump APC For SDP
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is said to have finalized preparations to defect from the governing party and join the Social Democratic Party (SDP) if the APC does not give him the presidential nomination in 2023.
Tinubu, who is now the front-runner in the race for the party’s nomination, is aware of machinations by certain party stalwarts and governors to deny him the nomination.
It has been reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, who had declined to announce his favored candidate out of concern that he or she might be assassinated, is now favoring a younger candidate.
Tinubu, who is determined not to be caught off guard, is said to be “working on an alternative party” that would run for the president in 2023, according to reports.
It has been reported that the former Lagos State governor intends to utilize the Ekiti State Governorship race to test the waters for a possible presidential bid.
According to reports, the APC leader is aligning himself with Segun Oni, a former Ekiti Governor and SDP flagbearer, since he is well aware that he does not have the support of Governor Kayode Fayemi, who is also interested in running for president.
“The President wants a younger person and that’s not Tinubu. Fayemi wants to be President if the office is zoned to the South”, a source told Daily Post.
“If he fails, he may get the SGF (Secretary to the Government of the Federation) position as long as the next President or Vice are not from South-West.
“Tinubu is monitoring all that’s happening and he seems to have pitched his tent with the SDP. The truth is that civil servants like Oni are ready to vote for him.
“With his cold war with Fayemi and Oni’s popularity, Tinubu has developed a soft spot for the SDP. And this isn’t just about Ekiti election, he may contest on the platform if APC denies him a ticket.”
In accordance with reports, Oni’s running partner, Otunba Ladi Owolabi, was selected after meetings with Tinubu’s campaign team. Oni, who is 67 years old, is from Ifaki, while Owolabi, who is 68 years old, is from Ado Ekiti.
The Fayemi government, according to sources, is also responsible for reportedly prohibiting Tinubu from accessing the Adetiloye Hall during his visit to the Ekiti monarchs a fortnight ago.
“The authorities stopped the use of the venue because Fayemi isn’t working for his political leader’s ambition. In fact, by the time Tinubu landed, Fayemi left the state via helicopter.
“They said he had to be in Abuja. He could have briefly showed up at the parley with the Obas but didn’t want to be seen with Tinubu in such a gathering”, another source told Daily Post.
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