The National Leader of All Progressives Party (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and sixteen governors of the party had a clash of political interests yesterday at the National Executive Committee meeting.
The governors led by the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha took the former Lagos governor to the cleaner as they hijacked the proceedings of the National Executive Committee, NEC meeting and picked the members of the party’s forthcoming National Convention Committee.
Irked by the governors’ action, it was alleged that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu stormed out of the meeting, which was held at the party’s secretariat in Abuja.
It was gathered that Tibubu rooted for former Peoples Democratic Party’s National Secretary, Alh. Kawu Baraje and Senator Ajayi Boroffice for the chairman and secretary of the convention committee, while the governors backed Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State and Senator Chris Ngige and both emerged.
Trouble started when Gov Rochas Okorocha of Imo State opposed Tinubu on the convention committee when he said: “All the 16 Governors of our great party have resolved that Wamakko and Ngige should be chairman and secretary, respectively.”
The interim chairman, Chief Bisi Akande put it into voice vote and the motion moved by Okorocha was carried.
Dazed by the development, the insider said Tinubu hurriedly left the meeting.
According to a party source, “The Governors have today told the party leaders that they are now in charge. They have quietly revolted against the overbearing influence of Tinubu. And let me make it clear to you that their plan is to make former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva the convention chairman at the expense of Akande and proceed to make Governors Rabi’u Kwankaso of Kano State and Fayemi Kayode of Ekiti State the presidential candidate and running mate of the party.”