Northern socio-cultural and political groups have
called on President Muhammadu Buhari to mend
walls with the National Leader of the All
Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The groups warned that the cold war between the
duo was capable of destroying the ruling party.
There were strong indications that Tinubu and
former vice president Atiku Abubakar are planning
to float a new party.
Political analysts have also linked the recent
disagreement between Tinubu and the APC
National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to
the purported crisis between the former Governor
of Lagos State and the President.
The Chairman, Coalition of Political Parties in
Kaduna State, Muhammadu Sani-Ahmed, blamed
those he described as the “kitchen cabinet” of the
President for the seeming feud between Buhari and
“On the pages of newspapers, the two leaders have
consistently denied any feud; but somebody close
to them has told me there is a crisis between
them,” he said.
Sani-Ahmed told Punch that with the big role
played by Tinubu during the 2015 presidential
election, there was a need for the two leaders to
come together and settle their differences.
He said, “Nigerians are not stupid. Even the blind
knows that the relationship between the President
and the National Leader of APC is not cordial.
“This feud is being fuelled by those close to the
President. They are telling the President the wrong
things. The President and Tinubu must come
together regardless of their differences to settle
their rift before the 2019 elections because if it
continues like this till that time, it will certainly
affect the chances of the APC.”
Second Republic Member of the House of
Representatives and also the Convener, Coalition of
Northern Intellectuals, Politicians and
Businessmen, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, had also
earlier called on Buhari to apply caution in his
handling of the alleged feud with Tinubu and the
internal crisis in the APC.
He said, “Given the tenuous nature of this
administration, the party (APC) and of course, the
powerful enemies undoubtedly which Tinubu has,
he (Buhari) should do well to please take it easy.
Some of us believe that he (Tinubu) certainly has
done some good for the party, (Muhammadu)
Buhari as a person, and for the country; we would
not want him to fall by the wayside as a result of
lack of tact.
“I also believe that he (Tinubu), Buhari and leading
members of the party must all rush back to the
drawing board because rightly or wrongly, their
making Buhari as the presidential candidate and
his arrogance and megalomania may in fact,
sooner than later, destroy the party.
“And to make matters worse, Buhari does not have
a clue about forming a party or running one. If
care is not taken, he will throw the party into
complete disarray and by the time most of them in
the party realise it, it would have been too late.”