The controversial national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Adamu, led members of the National Working Committee to the campaign office of the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in Abuja’s Central Business District on Friday.
The visit, which took place for hours behind closed doors, also featured Tinubu’s running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima; National Vice-President for South West, Isaac Kekemeke; National Youth Leader, Dayo Israel; Deputy National Speaker of the North, Senator Abubakar Kyari and other notable NWC members in attendance.
The development came two months after the delegation paid a congratulatory visit to the former governor of Lagos state, just 48 hours after he won the APC presidential primary on June 7.
While the details of their recent visit were sketchy at the time of this report’s submission, a source said it was not unrelated to the prospect of courting Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, and the need to resolve internal squabbles between his former co-aspirants to solve. and aggrieved party leaders over the controversial Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Tinubu, who had courted Wike through proxies over his presidential ambition for 2023, met the governor of Rivers State in London on Monday.
Two days after his visit, People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar also met with Wike in London in what many believe was an attempt to neutralize Tinubu’s plan to lure Wike to his camp.
Earlier the same day, former President Olusegun Obasanjo had also held a closed-door meeting with the governor in an effort to build widespread support for the ambition of Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi.
The duo had recently threatened to mobilize northern Christian voters to vote against Tinubu, in a Feb. 25 poll over the controversial Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Their agitation was the result of negotiations led by the northern governors and Tinubu, which culminated in the selection of the last senator, Kashim Shettima, as vice presidential candidate.
Aside from the risk of losing Babachir and Dogara, Amosun, the APC has been pressured to punish the duo of former Governor Ibikunle Amosun and Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola for alleged anti-party activities.
While the latter was accused of collaborating with the opposition in a move that saw the ruling party lose Osun to the PDP, the former was labeled a “disaster” awaiting in Ogun state.