The political clash of the Titans in Nigeria is heating up. Aisha Buhari’s interview with BBC seem to have added fuel to everything.
We will explain the background information, thereafter connect the dots.
It is no longer a secret that President Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu have been engaged in a turf war for a while.
Following Aisha’s interview, Buhari’s men knew the President’s support base had degraded.
To make amends, President Buhari reached out to die hard associates of Bola Tinubu.
The President met with Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Chief Bisi Akande, and Senator Olusola Adeyeye last week Sunday.
Sources privy to the meeting said the President needed to take some confidence-boosting measures to restore Tinubu’s faith in him.
The two men fell out after Tinubu and his loyalists saw PMB’s attempts to remove to reduce his political influence.
This was part of what Aisha Buhari had complained of in the interview she granted BBC.
She said her husband had abandoned those who helped him to power and was hobnobbing with frenemies.
Some of Tinubu’s supporters had also complained that the President rejected their principal’s ministerial nominees.
Buhari is also accused for working against Tinubu’s candidates in the Kogi elections and Ondo governorship primary.
A reliable source said the events that culminated in the meeting happened right after Aisha’s interview.
He said this was while the President was still on a three day official visit to Germany.
From there, the President is reported to have reached out to Bisi Akande.
Prior to that time, Buhari and Tinubu had not had any private communication in a while.
But the source said the President contacted Akande, who is one of Tinubu’s closest associates and asked him to see him in Aso Rock.
The President’s call came 48 hours after Aisha Buhari’s controversial interview the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Mrs. Buhari also threatened not to support her husband in 2019 if the President did not change tack.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, declined to comment on the development.
He however said, “I am not aware of what was discussed with the President in the said meeting.
As a matter of fact, it is not the nature of the President to disclose what people discuss with him in confidence during meetings.”