…plans to visit him before weekend
All Progressives Congress Caretaker Committee and Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee may visit the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, before the end of this week to placate him and seek his support.
First News gathered that the caretaker committee took the decision during its over two-hour inaugural meeting at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, on Monday.
Sources privy to the meeting said that the committee planned to use the visit to Tinubu, which had been fixed for Tuesday (today), to reassure him that he was not the target of last week’s dissolution of the party’s National Working Committee.
Last Thursday, APC National Executive Committee had, at its meeting attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, sacked the party’s NWC loyal to the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, whose suspension was upheld by the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on June 16.
Recall that following Oshiomhole’s suspension on June 16, the APC was divided into two factions with one led by its suspended Deputy National Secretary, Victor Giadom, and the other consisting of 18 NWC members, who were loyal to the national chairman.
Buhari declared support for Giadom and attended last Thursday’s NEC meeting, which he convened.
Speculations had been rife that Buhari’s support for Giadom and the sack of the NWC loyal to Oshiomhole were part of the President’s deft move to checkmate Tinubu’s 2023 presidential ambition.
But the Presidency, in a statement on Saturday dismissed reports of any feud between Buhari and Tinubu over the NWC’s dissolution.
Tinubu, in a statement same day, backed the President’s dissolution of the NWC during the NEC meeting. The APC national leader said Buhari acted like a true father to save the party from disintegration.
It was learnt the members of the caretaker committee resolved at the end of Monday’s meeting to visit Tinubu to seek his support.
An APC chieftain, who confided in our correspondent, said at their meeting on Monday, the party caretaker committee members agreed to visit Tinubu to seek his support.
The committee, it was also learnt, had decided to focus on reconciling aggrieved members, the formation of a campaign council for the Edo governorship election and preparations towards peaceful conduct of the primary for Ondo State.
Head of the APC Legal Department, Dare Oketade, had earlier administered oaths of office and allegiance to the caretaker committee members.