NASS Elections: Why APC may possibly sanction Atiku, Tambuwal

It is believed that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress may possibly sanction former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, over the part they played in the National Assembly elections of Monday, June 8.

Punch Newspapers reports that sources within the APC said Atiku connived with Senator Bukola Saraki to undermine the will of the party while Tambuwal, supported Yakubu Dogara who emerged as Speaker.

The belief that Atiku played ball with Saraki was further strengthened after the latter visited the former, following his emergence as Senate President.

A source within the party revealed to Punch that the party was aware of moves by the Peoples Democratic Party to secure principal offices in the National Assembly.

According to the source, this was why the party selected core APC members, Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila, as its candidates for Senate President and Speaker respectively.

The source said, “We started keeping tabs on Atiku in January when he showed that he was not interested in the success of President Muhammadu Buhari when Buhari was our presidential candidate. Our fears were reignited when the then President, Goodluck Jonathan, paid Atiku a visit shortly before the elections.

“A large section of Atiku’s supporters defected to the PDP a day after that meeting with Jonathan and that was why Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Political Affairs, Rufai Alkali, said shortly after that meeting that Atiku would soon return to the PDP. Atiku even admitted himself that he did not attend Buhari’s rallies.

“Don’t you find it curious that the first person that Saraki visited after emerging as Senate President was Atiku? We have information that Atiku told his supporters in the Senate to vote for Saraki and that was what happened. We know that Atiku is still nursing a presidential ambition for 2019 and he is now beginning to build blocks.”

 

As for Tambuwal, the source was quoted to have said that: “Tambuwal is also nursing a presidential ambition and needs to retain control over the House. He will not be able to retain such influence if Gbajabiamila is the Speaker.”

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