The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Wednesday, paid a visit to the Emir of Katsina, Alh. Abdulmumini Kabir Usman.
The took place hours after reports of the rift between the APC National Leader and President Muhammadu Buhari, who hails from Katsina.
An exclusive report by Daily Trust indicates that as the 2023 politicking begins to gather momentum, the crack between the camps of President Buhari and that of Tinubu, has widened.
Checks revealed that the last time the two leaders met was on January 7, 2020, when Tinubu, visited the State House, Abuja, with multiple sources confirming that all is not well between the duo.
Since the commencement of Buhari’s second term, the former Lagos state governor has only visited the president on few occasions even as, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the president has been hosting top members of the party.
Tinubu’s distance from Aso Rock is being interpreted in many quarters as a manifestation of a rift between his camp and that of Buhari with the 2023 presidential election as the bone of contention.
The newspaper quoted a source in the report to have stated that there are efforts to convince the president to support a candidate that would protect his (Buhari’s) interest when he exits the presidency in 2023.
“We believe that Tinubu will not protect Buhari’s interest after his tenure, hence the need to look elsewhere. We are working hard to convince the president to support a candidate that would protect his interest after his tenure,” the source close to the president said.
The report quoted another source as saying, “The president is not interested in Tinubu’s candidature because he is not convinced that Asiwaju is the right person to succeed him.”