It was supposed to be a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, but some governors of the All Progressive Congress (APC) had other plans: the removal of the national president, Adams Oshiomhole.
The rapid intervention of the governor of the state of Borno, Babagana Zulum, ended the plot plotted by governors Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa) and Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi).
It was said that Zulum had spilled the beans when he saw that the quartet wanted to use the other governors to get the president’s support for Oshiomhole’s dismissal, The Nation reported Sunday.
The sources said he told the president that El-Rufai, Fayemi, Bagudu and Badaru, among others, want to kidnap party leaders because they want one of them to be president in 2023. The quartet sees Oshiomhole as an obstacle for him. draft.
“It’s about 2023. They want a flexible person as president, someone they can manipulate. That’s why they want Oshiomhole out,” he told the shocked President Buhari, adding: “They want to kidnap the APC for selfish reasons.” The president accepted the meeting after the El-Rufai group told him that the governors wanted to see him on a national issue.
The four governors told their colleagues that the president wanted to see them penultimate on Thursday. They were informed about the meeting on Wednesday night, apparently to hinder their attendance. Apparently distrustful of the motive of the quartet, the pro-Oshiomhole governors set aside other state affairs and traveled to Abuja.
At the meeting, the President sought to know the mission of the governors. El-Rufai responded that the governors have resolved that Oshiomhole should leave because he is not leading the party well. He said they came to inform the President about his plan.
Zulum and other pro-Oshiomhole governors were stunned by the revelation. Other pro-Oshiomhole governors at the meeting were Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) and Gboyega Oyetola (Osun). Zulum replied: “Who are the APC governors with you? Where and when do we meet to agree that the national president should resign?” He asked El-Rufai.
He told the president that the governors were told that he wanted to compare notes with them. Zulum said they were surprised to hear that El-Rufai and those with him asked for the meeting.
A source aware of the meeting and how it was said that Zulum told the president to distrust the four governors.
He told the president that El-Rufai and his collaborators had a sinister motive. Zulum revealed that Bagudu once begged him to support the former governor of the state of Zamfara, Abdulazeez Yari, in his attempt to replace Oshiomhole. He challenged Bagudu to deny it.
Oyetola told the president that what El-Rufai said was a product of his imagination. “There was no APC governors meeting where it was resolved that Oshiomhole should be replaced,” he said.
The source also quoted Zulum as saying: “Mr. President, you see that all these governors who are seeking Oshiomhole removal are doing so because they aspire to be President in 2023. That is why they are calling the dog badly to hang it. Should we destroy the party due to presidential ambition? I think we should be careful.
“I think our national president is a fair and equitable leader. I never met him, but he allowed due process in the party that made me emerge as a candidate for the APC governorship in the state of Borno. He met me during the presidential campaign in our state. He has never asked me a favor.
It was deduced that Zulum enjoyed the support of Oyetola, Abiodun and Sanwo-Olu. “The anti-Oshiomhole governors were glued to their seats when the President left,” the source added.
It was learned that Zulum received “follow-up phone calls from some of the anti-Oshiomhole governors.”
According to reports, he told one of them: “I know what I am doing, I am not doing the job of anyone. I am not only a doctor, I am a teacher. Having reached the level of teaching staff, I have enough knowledge to know the right thing.” . But the anti-Oshiomhole governors do not yield on their mission.
They have been developing strategies on how to attract about 120 members of the APC National Executive Committee (NEC). They are looking at former governor Yari or a former aspiring APC president, Mr. Sam Jaja.
A party source said: “I think they are selling to Yari, the option could be Haha eventually. They know that Yari loves to boost the ego and that he has a lot to spend. If Yari is your best option, they will meet their rival in President Buhari, who believes that the former governor of Zamfara should account for his term in the state. Buhari has refused to stop Yari’s investigation.