As 2019 elections draw closer, President Muhammadu Buhari has asked former Lagos governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to embark on the mission of reconciling aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to a statement by Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, the move is part of “on-going efforts to improve cohesion” within the the ruling party.
He said the president designated Tinubu to “lead consultation, reconciliation and confidence building efforts”
Shehu said: “As part of on-going efforts to improve cohesion within the All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari has designated Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence building efforts.
“The assignment will involve resolving disagreements among party members, party leadership and political office holders in some states of the Federation”
This moves comes after strong statements asking Buhari to forget re-election in 2019 came from two former Heads of State, General Ibrahim Babangida and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
While Obasanjo advised Buhari not to contest the 2019 presidential election, Babangida asked Nigerians not to vote for Buhari but go for a new generation of leaders.
Even within the APC, some think the country needs a new direction from 2019.