Governors of the South Western States of Nigeria belonging to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have reportedly rejected the preferred candidate of President Muhammadu Buhari for the position of the Party’s National Secretary in the upcoming convention.
Four candidates including Professor Abideen Olaiya from Oyo State, Senator Iyiola Omisore from Osun State, Barr. Adebayo Shittu from Oyo State and Ife Oyedele from Ondo State have obtained the party’s N10 million form to vie for the position of National Secretary.
Sources told Sunday Tribune that the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and by extension the Presidency is smarting to ensure that an anointed candidate of the power bloc emerges as the candidate for the office. The sources mentioned the Executive Director, Niger Delta Power Holding, Ife Oyedele, as the choice of the defunct CPC.
This move was reported to have attracted the attentions of the South West Governors of the APC and a former Lagos State Governor who doubles as a 2023 Presidential Aspirant, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. According to reports, they are in a last-meeting rapprochement ahead of the national convention to downplay the intrigues and power play among them which could deny them the prized slot of national secretary zoned to the zone.
Ife Oyedele who is the The Executive Director, Niger Delta Power Holding and Adebayo Shittu, a former Minister under President Buhari shares the same defunct CPC platform. However sources to Tribune that the Presdency has settled for Oyedele over Shittu. Oyedele’s supporters see his endorsement as a reward, a pay-back period for his loyalty and support for President Muhammadu Buhari in his uncertain days of relentless pursuit for the presidency.
Professor Abideen Olaitan Olaiya, a close associate of the Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala who until his death served as the Party Leader in Oyo State and Senator Iyiola Omisore, a party chieftain from Osun State are the two options available for the South West Governors and Presidential Aspirant, Bola Ahmed Tinubu to present.