There is an indication that the choice of who emerges as presidential candidate of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) is already creating a rift within the top hierarchy of the party.
The development, Sunday Tribune learnt, began to take root the moment former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the broom party.
While Atiku is believed to have the structure to emerge, if the ticket is subjected to primaries, other leaders of the party are said to prefer consensus.
But the opinion in some quarters is that some top echelons of the party have secretly endorsed General Muhammadu Buhari.
A fresh indication that trouble is brewing was a tweet credited to the APC’s Deputy National Secretary, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.
El-Rufai, who has consistently maintained his clear preference for former military head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari, as the party’s presidential candidate, restated his choice in the tweet, while replying an enquiry from one Aliyu Bugaje, obviously a member of the APC.
The former FCT Minister, responding to a question from Bugaje, tweeted that “Nonsense, GMB is the only candidate I support for presidency in 2015.
The tweet that elicited that reply was “Sir, please, what can you say about the issue concerning you and GMB?” It was to this that el-Rufai said “… what issue? Is there any I am not aware of?” before dropping the bombshell.
GMB is the acronym that el-Rufai used for General Muhamadu Buhari.
The contention of some people close to the party is that a big battle for its soul is about to begin.
It will be recalled that el-Rufai is believed to have little regard for Atiku who he castigated in his book, Accidental Public Servant.