- Tinubu is believed to be eyeing the presidency in 2023 and has been involved in struggles to control the party
- Since 2015 when APC came to power, Tinubu has continued to face challenges from other party leaders, denying him a firm grip on the party
President Muhammadu Buhari has said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will decide the mode of selection for its leadership and who will emerge as his successor at the completion of his tenure.
Though he refused to comment on a power shift arrangement to the southern part of the country, the President said decisions would be made by the party in a way that includes party members, not as dictated by anybody “just sitting in Lagos”, an obvious dig at former Lagos Governor and National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu.
Tinubu is believed to be eyeing the presidency in 2023 and has been involved in struggles to control the party.
When asked on which part of the south APC would support to control the presidency when he leaves office in 2023, “Should we allow the party to decide?,” he queried as he tried to evade the question.
In his reply, Buhari, however did not comment on power rotation but suggested the party would decide. He then spoke about a participatory bottom-up decision making process, which he said would afford members a sense of belonging.
“I just told you we started from bottom up. And I gave the acting Chairman (Mala Buni) the end of this month of June…to give me report on the convention we are going to conduct and then arrange the elections and started this from bottom up.
“So, members of the party will feel they are involved in decision making. Nobody is just sitting in Lagos and asking them what to do,” he told Arise TV in an interview.
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He was further asked, “what’s your succession plan?”
President Buhari reiteratrd, “succession plan depends on the party. We are going to leave it to the party. The party will sit and make a decision.”
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