- Southwest APC reconciliation moves have stalled until when President Muhammadu Buhari returns to the country to settle things finally as national leader
- Vice president Yemi Osinbajo cannot oversee the reconciliation because, according to sources, it is 'inappropriate'
- Former Lagos governor Tinubu also did not depart the meeting in anger but had to leave urgently because of bad weather since he came on a chopper
The absence of President Muhammadu Buhari has stalled the next rounds of reconciliation talks in the move to resolve the lingering crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Vanguard reports that efforts to end dispute in the southwest wing of the party has stalled because President Buhari is in the UK on vacation and the reconciliation process cannot be carried out without him as the party’s national leader.
The report quotes party sources as saying that after a successful round of talks on upper Thursday, January 12, the party now has to wait for the return of the president to continue its reconciliation process among aggrieved members.
“You know it would be inappropriate for Osinbajo as Acting President to be sitting in and presiding at such a regional meeting at this time,” Vanguard quoted a source privy to the process as saying.
The report noted that the reconciliation efforts in the Southwest APC were spearheaded by former governors Olusegun Osoba and Bisi Akande in late 2016 and quoted a source at the meeting as disclosing that the event was successful and it achieved all the aims for which it was meant.
“Akande and Osoba had before the yuletide passed on the message to the political leaders to set aside January 12 for the meeting,” the source said.
Vanguard also denied reports that former governor of Lagos state Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu walked out of the meeting but could not join the post-meeting buffet because he came on a chopper and had to leave because of approaching bad weather.
“Yes it is not as if we didn’t speak to ourselves, we did, but it is not as some have alleged. It was a success in all rounds, and we are looking forward to the next phase of the talks when personal issues and the agenda for the region would be deliberated upon,” the source said.
Meanwhile, following reports of his alleged demise during vacation in the UK, President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed and provided evidence that he is alive and well.
The president took to his personal Twitter to release a picture of himself lounging in the UK and watching political television show ‘Sunday Politics’ on Channels.
The APC now needs him back for the reconciliation moves to make the party stronger ahead 2019 election to continue.