Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate, and the All Progressive Congress (APC) National Working Committee conducted a lengthy meeting in his campaign office in Abuja on Friday.
The party’s National Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, presided over the lengthy meeting that took place behind closed doors.
Senator Kashim Shettima, Tinubu’s running mate, Dayo Isreal, the National Youth Leader, Isaac Kekemeke, the Deputy National Chairman for the North, Senator Abubakar Kyari, and other Key NWC members were also present.
Although the meeting’s specifics were vague, a source with knowledge of the development believed it might not be unrelated to the possibility of wooing Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, and the need to resolve internal wrangling among his former co-aspirants and aggrieved party chieftains over the contentious Muslim-Muslim ticket.
In an effort to woo Woke for his support in his bid for the presidency in 2023, Tinubu met with the governor of Rivers State on Monday in Lagos.
According to Crime Channel, Two days after his visit, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, also met with Wike in London in what many believed was a move to neutralise whatever plan Tinubu was making to lure Wike to his camp.
Correspondingly, former President Olusegun Obasanjo had also held a closed-door meeting with the governor in a move aimed at building broad support for the aspiration of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
The duo had recently threatened to mobilise northern Christian electorates to vote against Tinubu, in February 25 poll over the contentious Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Their agitation was a fallout of the negotiation led by the Northern governors and Tinubu, which culminated in the latter’s choice of Senator Kashim Shettima as a vice presidential candidate.
Aside from the risk of losing Babachir and Dogara, Amosun, the APC has been pressured to sanction the duo of former Governor Ibikunle Amosun and the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola over alleged anti-party activities.
While the latter was accused of colluding with the opposition in a move that saw the ruling party lose Osun to the PDP, the former has been labelled a ‘disaster’ waiting to happen in Ogun State.