2019 polls: Buhari worried over Oshiomhole, APC govs’ rift

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The rift between National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Mr. Adams Oshiomhole and some influential governors of the party, barely three months to a general election, is of serious concern to President Muhammadu Buhari, Saturday Sun has learnt.

The feud, which has its root in the power struggle among the major blocs within the party, deepened following the recent primary elections, which degenerated to a face-off between Oshiomhole and the governors of Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun; Imo, Rochas Okorocha; Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu and Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara over the choice of candidates for elective positions in their respective states.

The President’s worry, especially the impact the worsening crisis may have on the party’s chances in the coming elections has led to series of meetings between the feuding parties and the president as well as other stakeholders in the presidential villa in the last two weeks.

Things took a more worrisome dimension last weekend when the Department of State Services (DSS) took Oshiomhole into custody on Sunday and Monday for long hours of interrogation over allegations of sabotage and financial inducements from candidates. Saturday Sun also learnt that the party boss was being investigated over alleged payments from a Northeast state governor, running for a second term in office and a Southwest state governorship candidate who allegedly parted with $2 million. It was not stated who the payments were made to.

The weight of some of the allegations and the determination of the security agency to press on with the investigation have put Oshiomhole under pressure to resign from his position because of the damage the outcome may eventually have on him and the party he leads. Though he left the country midweek to allow things calm down, the indications however show the contrary, as there appears to be more storms gathering for him and waiting for his return.

Associates and supporters of the party chairman are already pointing accusing fingers at Amosun, Okorocha, Akeredolu and Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi as the brains behind his ordeal. The basis of their accusation is that the four governors have virtually turned the presidential villa to their home in the past two weeks in their attempt to nail Oshiomhole.

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