Tanko Yakasai, former special adviser on political matter to former president Shehu Shagari and known supporter of former President Goodluck Jonathan, has accused the Presidency of trying to undermine Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressive Congress,APC.
The Kano elder statesman also urged Tinubu to break his silence on the injustice in the ruling party before it is too late
He called on Tinubu to summon courage and tackle President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that Tinubu’s political travails were well-thought-out and plotted in the Presidency.
Yakassai, who spoke on Monday, recalled that when Senate President, Bukola Saraki asserted at one time that APC government had been hijacked by a cabal who are now in control of day-to-day affairs of running the government, many people did not believe him.
According to him, “from all indications, every right thinking person will figure out a sinister plot to completely scheme out Tinubu from the hierarchy of APC; and I want to believe this is coming from the Presidency.”
Yakasai explained that, “political analysts believe that soon after the formation of the present government it is only a matter of time before crises in the APC would explode.
“APC is an amalgamation of four to five political groups. After the formation of the government, only CPC group is considered for political patronage. ACN and PDP groups are sidelined. ANPP group is neither here nor there in spite of the appointment of the party’s former national chairman Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu’s into the cabinet.
“ACN leader, Ashiwaju Tinubu is totally out of the picture despite the fact that the Vice President is his nominee. The appointment of Fashola to the jumbo ministry is considered personal, just like that of Amaechi.
His words , “the situation at the moment is that apart from the CPC members, everybody in the government is a mere onlooker. To those that control the government and the party, those shut out of the power equation in the government, including Tinubu, are seen as a bunch of disgruntled elements.”
“Bukola’s emergence as Senate president is largely due to his personal financial prowess and the block support he received from the PDP members in the Senate.
“Prior to the financial crises the country is plunged into, the Vice President was a mere onlooker. His new found relevance is made possible by his position as the chairman of the National Economic Council, which conferred on him the position of the chairman of the Economic Team of the government. So, at present ANC, PDP and ANPP groups are mere onlookers.
It is unclear why Yakasai, who supported the re-election bid of Jonathan in the 2015 election, has decided to intervene in the crisis rocking the APC.