All Progressives Congress, APC, may have readjusted its plans to unleash President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory charm on five states it regards as strongholds of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ahead of this weekend’s governorship and state Assembly polls.
Plans by the President to visit the five states, including Delta, Akwa Ibom, Sokoto, Kwara and Taraba, Vanguard learned, have been cancelled. Another state that had been included in the campaign itinerary of the President was Imo State.
Though controlled by APC, the party is under stress in the state on account of multiple crises among tendencies in the state chapter and the face-off between the governor and National Working Committee, NWC, of the party. Instead of the President, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was on call in Delta and Akwa Ibom states, two states the APC is battling to pave the way for it into the heart of Niger Delta.
Further uncertainty about the Presidency’s plans surfaced, yesterday, as it was learned that tomorrow’s planned visits to three PDP-controlled northern states of Kwara, Sokoto and Taraba had been cancelled. APC A similar visit to Imo State earlier scheduled for yesterday, according to Presidency sources, was cancelled at the last minute.
It could not be confirmed at press time why the visits to the five states were cancelled. A senior official of APC contacted on the development feigned ignorance of the reasons for the cancellation. Presidency officials also did not respond to phone calls and text messages sent to them at press time.
Kwara and Sokoto states had been particularly on the radar of the APC, ahead of the presidential elections. The President won the two states albeit marginally, despite having PDP governors who recently defected from APC to the opposition party. His visit was expected to give further impetus to the plans to upend the political control of the two states.
However, the cancellation of the visit to Imo State was, yesterday, being framed on the need to avoid the Ogun scenario. Vanguard, however, gathered that plans for the president to bolster APC in Kaduna State on Thursday is expected to go ahead.