The presidential ambition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer, Bola Tinubu might be battling with an in-house crisis due to the silence of presidential aspirants in the party.
Some presidential aspirants who lost the presidential ticket of the ruling party to Tinubu despite congratulating him have refused to join the campaign train of the party, while some have been silent.
The grievances within the party saw one of the presidential aspirants, a former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, file a legal action calling for Tinubu’s disqualification.
Nwajiuba in the suit filed through their lawyer, Okere Nnamdi alleged that the primary that produced Tinubu as the APC’s 2023 presidential candidate was tainted by corruption and widespread vote buying.
He insisted that the majority of the delegates were bought over with dollars.
The First Lady, Aisha Buhari while confirming the grievances among the presidential aspirants while speaking at a ceremony for the Armed Forces Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Centre (AFPTSDC), noted that some of the aspirants have become inconsolable.
The first lady also lamented that some of the aspirants have even made themselves unreachable by switching off their phones.
She said, “Failing election three times was a big blow to every contestant but those that have contested for just yesterday, a simple primary election, are still living in a traumatic condition. I tried to console them, I tried to talk to them, some of them have switched off their phones up till today, just because of a primary election.”
The likes of former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo who congratulated Tinubu have remained silent on his ambition.
An APC chieftain who spoke In the crisis with Daily Sun said, “But, do you blame them? Asiwaju did not also help matters by failing to effectively reach out to many of them or sustain the initial efforts he made to pacify those he reached out to. Yes, he visited some aggrieved ones like Osinbajo and Amaechi immediately after the primary election, but what did he do more to integrate them into his fold.”
The APC chieftain wondered how Tinubu would appoint Amaechi who was twice the Director-General of the Buhari campaign council into a inconsequential position.
He further stated that Tinubu managed to include others in the campaign list, adding that Tinubu may have concluded that they won’t have an impact on his campaign.