Sources have disclosed that Tinubu and Buhari’s relationship dipped after Buhari’s biographer, John Paden, claimed Tinubu was against the emergence of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as Vice President.
Both APC strong men were present at the book launch.
Insiders say this did not go down well with Tinubu’s camp.
Tinubu’s camp saw Paden’s statement as yet another attempt by PMB to cast of those who helped him to power.
This was one of Aisha Buhari’s reprimands of her husband.
Tinubu had asked APC’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to step down from his capacity as national chairman.
Tinubu alleged that Oyegun doctored results of the Ondo State APC governorship primary.
Oyegun paid Buhari a visit in Aso Rock and thereafter launched an attack on Tinubu, describing his him as ‘reckless.’
Seeing the handwriting on the wall, Tinubu retreated and started reaching out to his political foes in the South-West.
Aside from secret meetings, he sent Governor Rauf Aregbesola to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.
Right after that meeting, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Sir Olanihun Ajayi, Fayose and others, began drumming up support for him publicly.
President Buhari had had enough. He reached out to Bisi Akande (who was APC’s interim national chairman) and Tinubu boys.
He requested for a meeting in Aso Rock.
A source in the presidency told our correspondent that Akande did not mince words during the meeting.
The source said, “Baba Akande told the President that they were not happy with him.
“He told Buhari that he slighted Tinubu in ministerial appointments, and Kogi and Ondo elections.
“Baba also said Paden’s book was a slight and that they believed the President was aware of the content of the book before it went public.
The source said Buhari opined that he too was unhappy with the rancor in the party and that he had tried to be fair.
To this, Akande was said to have disagreed with the President in his response, and cited further examples.
Akande told the President to take practical steps to show that he was not fighting the South-West.
Listing their demands, Akande’s delegate told PMB that they needed to see more representation of those that helped him to power during the next cabinet reshuffle.
(There have been reports that a cabinet change is imminent.)
Will the two leaders bury their differences and forge ahead?