The current leadership crisis rocking the All Progressives congress, APC, is primarily a fight for 2019 and Atiku Abubakar is in the thick of it.
In the ensuing repositioning for 2019 elections, four visible power blocks are visibly fighting for which camp will control the soul of the party.
Their fight seem to come from either of these: the economy; appointment into offices; and positioning for the 2019 primaries.
Here are the power blocs: President Buhari’s power bloc; Atiku’s power bloc; Rabiu Kwankwaso’s power bloc; and Bola Tinubu’s power bloc
President Buhari’s power bloc comprises mainly of retired army generals of northern extraction.
The Atiku bloc was not originally taken seriously and hence largely ignored.
But when he became outspoken on restructuring the nation, the President’s bloc felt threatened.
Atiku had to be invited by the party leadership to explain his outbursts. They cautioned him to down-tone his utterances.
To curtail his growing influence, Buhari’s bloc sought for Nuhu Ribadu’s return. Atiku kicked, Buhari did not budge.
The other power blocs are the Rabiu Kwankwaso’s and Tinubu’s blocs.
The realignment of northern forces behind Buhari is geared towards checkmating Atiku and Kwankwaso.
Atiku, being a deft politician, has decided to back the Tinubu led power bloc.
In this regard, he jumped on the brewing crisis between Tinubu and Oyegun.
John Oyegun seem to be backed by President Buhari’s power bloc. If Buhari continues his backing of Oyegun, then APC’s crisis will worsen.
If Tinubu, Atiku and Kwankwaso merges, President Buhari’s power bloc will be effectively depleted.
As a sign of solidarity to Tinubu, Atiku has just released a statement stating that the leadership of the party cannot make rules and discard them.
He noted that “It is imperative for the national leadership of the party to live by the rules of internal democracy and respect for democratic consensus.
He warned that “You cannot break your own rules without creating problems.”
Atiku also told Odigie-Oyegun to urgently retrace his steps in order to build confidence among aggrieved members.
“It was wrong for the APC to have set aside a resolution it had reached aimed at resolving the crisis in our party in Ondo State.
“It is a recipe for acrimony and division,” He stated.
When contacted, one of Oyegun’s aide said “We got reports that Atiku and some other party bigwigs bankrolled Akeredolu’s campaign.