An associate of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, Tuesday, revealed that the presidential aspirant has concluded plans to dump the ruling party if he fails to clinch the presidential ticket of the party on May 30.
An associate of the former governor of Lagos State who spoke with Vanguard on condition of anonymity noted that the plan is the reason former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal recently disclosed that Tinubu had plan B if APC primaries are manipulated against him.
He said the APC remains the platform of the presidential aspirant, but he would employ other options like SDP if the primaries of the ruling party are not transparent and credible.
The associate said, “It is too early to ask if Asiwaju would leave the APC for another party. He is a big factor in APC, a party he helped form, financed and nurtured into what it is today. We are not unaware of recent developments and attempts to insult a man who has paid his dues in the political evolution of this country. But that is not important for now. What I can tell you is that our leader, like other contestants, is looking forward to a credible process that would lead to the emergence of our flag bearer. But if that process is compromised, I can tell you for free that we will encourage him to explore other options.
“Yes, a lot has been said about SDP and Asiwaju. When we get to that bridge, we will cross it. SDP offered him a platform to become a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria years ago but for now, he is in APC and will remain there until circumstance dictates otherwise.”
An ACP chieftain, Moses Ayom recently called on Babachir Lawal to withdraw his claim that Tinubu would dump the ruling party, he said, “right now, the NWC is the leadership of the APC and it should be given all kinds of support to succeed. The idea of indirectly threatening the NWC that Tinubu has another option if he is not given a ticket should not arise at all. As a committed APC leader from the Middle-Belt, I call on Babachir to withdraw the comments and apologize to the party immediately.”