Tinubu begins fence mending, visits Umahi, Amaechi in one day
President Muhammadu Buhari at the handover ceremony of the APC flag to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The Presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has visited the former Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi.
Tinubu’s outreach to Amaechi is coming as his foremost opponent on the political turf, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP consolidates his hold on critical stakeholders.
Amaechi, Tinubu: Putting the past behind.
Atiku is already consulting stakeholders as he moves to pick a vice presidential candidate.
Tinubu who was with Engineer Dave Umahi, Governor of Ebonyi State who ran against him in the morning hours of Friday visited the Dan Amanar of Daura at his residence later in the day.
President Muhammadu Buhari had said it was, time to end the bitterness and time to unite the party while rallying party faithfuls at the convention.
The president apparently restated this fact when the eventual winner of the APC presidential race paid him a thank you visit.
Insiders tell the Port Harcourt Telegraph that the duo are believed to have held useful conversations.
Although intimate details of the deliberation between them have not been completely disclosed, the visit was not unconnected with attempts by the eventual winner of the special APC Convention to build a broad coalition as the party gets ready for the 2023 geeral elections.
Amaechi who polled 316 votes had been defeated in combat, but Tinubu however visited him, according to close aides, to set things right and build solid bridges as he rallies party members behind his aspiration.
A source told the Telegraph Friday night, “The atmosphere was cordial. Recall that Amaechi had despite differences congratulated Tinubu on his victory.
” It is only natural that both men should get off to a good start. What’s important is the future of the party not what happened in Abuja.”
Amaechi, adjusting to new realities.
The thinking is that Tinubu still needs Amaechi in his bid to make inroads into Rivers State, parts of the South South and the South East.
It is possible that both men could have discussed some of these matters as well as the need to join forces.
There have been fears that Amaechi’s political relevance would deteriorate in the face of Tinubu’s gradual take over of the APC party apparatuses.
Supporters of the former Minister of Transportation see the Tinubu visit to Amaechi’s home as a ray of hope and proof that a new beginning may be waiting for them and the APC.
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