Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s vice president, ditched the mega rally of the All Progressives Congress, APC, which held in Port Harcourt, Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the last minute, an inside source confirms to The Trent.
According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the religious polarity within the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the pro-Islamic posturing of its leadership is said to be the reason the vice president changed his mind “at the last minute” about making an appearance in Rivers State.
“The veepee [Professor Osinbajo] is displeased at the religious slant of the APC and has expressed his reservations privately in different fora during meetings of the party’s hierarchy,” the source said.
“The discovery that religious conquest has become surreptitiously embedded in the philosophy and mantra of the APC jolted Christian in the ruling party, especially those of the Southern parts of the country.”
“The conflict of interest was too much for Osinbajo to ignore,” the source concluded.
Our findings revealed that since the revelation of an alleged Islamisation deal between top Northern leaders of the party and Rotimi Amaechi, certain party leaders from the South have taken steps to distance themselves from the embattled transportation minister.
The Trent has obtained documentation showing that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was billed to appear at the APC Mega Rally in Port Harcourt. In a December 2 letter addressed to the Rivers State governor by the APC party secretary, Emeka Beke, revealed that the Professor Osinbajo was billed to appear at the campaign event.
At the rally, the APC state chairman, Davies Ikanya, said that the vice president couldn’t make the journey to Port Harcourt due to “an urgent assignment from the president”.
“You know President Buhari attended the panel of heads of states and governments of the 3rd Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Senegal on the 6th December, 2016,” Ikanya disingenuously told the scant crowd of supporters at the rally on Thursday.
“We gathered that the vice president was requested by the president to attend to urgent matters of state and therefore is unavoidably absent. But as you see, the national chairman is here. No cause for alarm.”
Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the national chairman, was indeed at the rally and ended up inciting violence at the upcoming poll.
Meanwhile Governor Nyesom Wike, in a widely circulated video posted online by his senior aide on social media, Oraye St. Franklyn, has taken a swipe at the APC governors who came to Port Harcourt to campaign for the ruling party, most whom he, described as being unable to pay salaries of Workers.
Governor Wike wondered why Governor Ortom of Benue State could be silent and refuse to ‘fight for his people’ being mercilessly slaughtered by Fulani Herdsmen.
He also revealed how his refusal to release the sum of N65 million to the governor of Bauchi State Mohammed Abubakar and Governor Abubakar thereafter decided to attack him.
In response to the Kano State Governor, Usman Ganduje, whom Wike said was about 100-years-old, he wondered why Ganduje has refused to set up a panel of Inquiry into the killing of the Kano State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and his entire household in an inferno just days after the 2015 General Elections.
Wike derided comments credited to the governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, whom he said didn’t even know where his certificates were.
Governor Wike called on the APC Governors to focus on the governance of their individual states rather than seeking to import non-payment of workers salaries into Rivers State.