Bobo Chicago Bola Tinubu, the former Lagos State governor and one of the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is not backing down in the leadership tussle that seems to be tearing the party apart.
The election of Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, in defiance against the APC’s favoured candidates, had led to even fights on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Following a peace meeting last week involving the president, the APC chairman John Oyegun declared that the party has recognised Saraki and Dogara’s leadership of the National Assembly, despite their rebellion against the party’s directives. Oyegun also agreed to work with the leadership.
Our source claimed that Tinubu was seething with anger because of Oyegun’s reconciliatory stance. Some Tinubu loyalists alleged that Oyegun had been bribed by Saraki. The source claims Tinubu is now plotting to remove the party chairman, who owes his position to Tinubu’s patronage.
Tinubu also has another motive beyond revenge to want Oyegun out. He is plotting to go for the chairmanship of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the party. Tinubu believes that the party may not accept the party chairman and the BOT top man to both come from the south of the country.
So he wants Oyegun out of the picture to pave the way for Bobo Chicago as BOT Chair. Tinubu believes having an official position would enhance his influence within the party leadership to prevent further marginalisation. He feels he has lost out with his puppet vice president Yemi Osinbajo being treated by the president as a little less than a decorative trinket. Tinubu then lost out in the battle for control of the National Assembly. The BOT presents another avenue for him to play a significant role in the sharing of the spoils of office.
This is likely to pit Tinubu against former vice president Abubakar Atiku, who is also eyeing the BOT chairmanship as a platform for the race for the APC presidential ticket for 2019.