In a bid to strengthen his position ahead of the 2019 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence building team within the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This was disclosed in a two-paragraph statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Tuesday.
Shehu stated that Tinubu’s task will involve resolving disagreements among party members, party leadership and political office holders in some states of the federation.
Also, the Kano State APC crisis involving supporters of former Gov. Rabiu Kwakwanso and the serving Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje is one of the issues to be addressed.
It would be recalled that the Presidency, on Jan. 29, summoned Gov. Ganduje and Kwakwanso over the aborted Jan. 30 visit of the former governor to Kano to avert breakdown of law and order in the state.
Ganduje, accompanied by two serving senators and two members of House of Representatives from the state met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari at the Presidential Villa.
The Tinubu committee is also expected to reconcile other APC members in Kaduna, Zamfara, Oyo, Kogi states, as well as revive flagging support for the ruling APC.
Nigerians haven’t taken too well to the latest development as evident from the response on Twitter…
Y Tinubu now. When u pple were doing appointment Asiwaju was not consulted but now the aous is on fire. Do u think we are dommies that will be deceived this tym.#Jatijati
— Yusuf Okemoney (@YOkemoney) February 6, 2018
@AsiwajuTinubu Without sounding pessimistic, reconciling Nigerian politicians is near impossible unless they have common personal interest. Again @APCNigeria should blame itself for ignoring some crisis until it reached a cancerous stage. All the same good luck.
— NURU MUHAMMAD (@namuhammad) February 6, 2018
— WAR VETERAN (@drunkito) February 6, 2018
Senator Tinubu should be wise….Why now? The same administration that abandoned him since 2015 election and now they want to use him again!
— PEOPLESPOSSIBILITY (@PEOPLESPOSSIBIL) February 6, 2018
Now its time for Asiwaju to be used again. It has just been realised dat he has his values now. I hope he wont be trashed after d elections.
— Olajide (@olamijyd) February 6, 2018
Hehehe.. It is election period.. Tinubu and his brothers will be used again. Servitude!
— Anayo Egalitarian (@Anayobtc) February 6, 2018
Tinubu is on the verge of being used again
— Mazi Donald 🇳🇬 (@DonaldSpeakz) February 6, 2018