A northern group, Patriotic Northern Coalition for Justice, Peace and Equity has warned the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to be wary of some members of the party plotting to undermine national leader and former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu.
The national coordinator of the coalition, Alhaji Babangida Sule Jnr, in a chat with newsmen in Kaduna on Sunday, stated that Tinubu remained the bedrock of APC and that any plot against his interest would be counter-productive.
The group wondered why the North, which should be grateful to Tinubu for the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the polls, was trying to sideline him in the scheme of things.
Sule said: “Politicians are already strategising for 2019 and they will stop at nothing to achieve their aim. Some of them are in APC and we have uncovered that part of their aims is to undermine the party’s chieftain, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, because they see him as a stumbling block.
“But we the Patriotic Northern Coalition won’t allow them because we are still grateful to Tinubu for what he has done for the North in the 2015 general elections, particularly his efforts in the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Personally, I know of the many times he came to Kaduna to meet with Buhari and assured him that he would do all he could to support him and ensure his victory.
“I know all these things because I was part of the groups that met with him on several occasions, including some APC governors. Again, in order to ensure Buhari’s victory at the primaries, he used his influence to move the convention from Abuja to Lagos.
“We know what happened after that and at the final election. So, we won’t allow anybody or group of persons to plan anything against his interest in APC. Besides, such plot will be counter-productive because Tinubu is an influential APC chieftain that commands respect in his region and some other regions.
“Moreover, any crisis in the APC today will be harmful to the nation because APC is the ruling party and whatever affects it can easily impact negatively on the nation,” he said.
Sule condemned moves by some people to form a caucus in APC just like what happened in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) then.
He also warned the APC and its leadership not to underrate the PDP.