——-How he was stopped from seeing the President in the Villa.
It is a sign of the times. It is also a sign that things have not gone according to plans. The national leader of Nigeria’s ruling party, the APC is said to be feeling the cash crunch that has been biting everyone in the country hard for some time now.
First it was his newspaper, The Nation which is currently marking its tenth year anniversary that was said to have downsized by laying off as many as one third of its staff. Then came the news that another unnamed business concern was given the order to reduce its staff strength by half. TVC, his television station was the last to be hit with the downsizing news as the management was told to outrightly cut its staff strength also by half.
Abujareporters gathered that the sacking was part of the measures he was forced to take as the Buhari government has made it virtually impossible for him to recoup what he invested as one of the major financiers of the President’s campaign.
There is no doubt that the former Lagos State Governor is feeling the heat even though he is taking it in his stride. We reliably gathered that he was twice turned back from the gates of the Presidential Villa with the security aides politely telling him that his name was not on the list of those who were scheduled to see the President when he attempted to meet Buhari to discuss with him.
Perhaps, in a bid to send a message to the President that 2019 is not too far, the Asiwaju held a meeting with APC members in Lagos last week telling them categorically that they should go and get their PVCs ready. Observers believed it was a subtle way of letting those in authority know that the people are tired of the way things are going and they are preparing for another election.
Few days after the meeting in Lagos, a major daily newspaper where Tinubu had interests ran an editorial attacking the President of being corrupt by running a parochial government. And in response, Buhari appointed an aide to Tinubu as a Commissioner in the Nigeria Communications Commission after making another South Westerner, an 83-year old man the Chairman of the Commission.
The crisis facing the mega business empire of the APC leader is a symptom of the major issues that the leaders of the APC has to battle with. If it continues like this, the President would quite easily have bitten his nose to spite his face and open the party that brought him to power to flaks from many fronts.