Bola Tinubu, the national leader and head of the presidential reconcilition committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, visited Sokoto State on Saturday, February 17, 2018, where he met with Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the governor of Sokoto State, and his predecessor, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko.
Tinubu was accompanied by APC chieftain Alhaji Idi Farouk.
They held a 2 hours closed door meeting with his hosts at both the Government House and at Senator Wamakko’s residence in Gawun Nama Area of the state capital.
The meeting was later expanded to include Ahmed Aliyu, the deputy governor of Sokoto, and Inuwa Abdulkadir, the national vice chairman of APC, North West.
Speaking briefly to reporters after the meeting, Tinubu said he was in Sokoto for a family meeting.
“Family members meet regularly to talk to each other and I’m here for that purpose,” he stated.
Buhari had appointed Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence building efforts toward improving cohesion within the All Progressives Congress, APC, on February 6, 2018.
Buhari mandated Tinubu to lead the “consultation, reconciliation and confidence building” efforts in the APC.
The move is part of on-going efforts to improve cohesion within the party, the President’s Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said in a statement he issued on Tuesday.
Shehu said: “The assignment will involve resolving disagreements among party members, party leadership and political office holders in some states of the Federation”.
Other stakeholders deemed the President’s action as preparing the ground for him to secure the APC ticket without any serious opposition. They also said that Buhari was using the offer to bring Tinubu back into his administration after dumping him in the first three years of his tenure.
The APC has faced series of problems at both the state and national levels, since it took over power in May 2015, leading to loss of so many members, who have either returned to the opposition Peoples Democratic party (PDP), or remained dormant politically, waiting for their chance of using the 2019 elections as a pay back.