The much-touted reshuffling and expansion of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), by President Muhammadu Buhari, has now been put on hold until after the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) slated for next June.
An impeccable Presidency who revealed this to Tribune Online exclusively in Abuja, on Tuesday, said this action became necessary in order to properly take care of all arising political exigencies ahead of the 2019 general elections.
According to our source, “Already President Buhari has indicated his intention to seek reelection, while the party is also scheming to replace its National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, with his kinsman and the immediate past governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomole.
“Also, nearly all the state chapters of the Party are now in factions arising from its last congresses in the wards, local government and state levels.
“In addition, a powerful bloc in the party, the nPDP is threatening to pull out of the party over alleged marginalisation of members in the running of the administration which already being sorted out by the Presidency.
“Even, look at the just concluded governorship primary in Ekiti State, something has to be done fast for our party to win that state.
“All these matters have to be properly addressed immediately after the national convention so that the party can go into the elections in unity and this exactly why the President is delaying action in order to accommodate all interests.”
This is coming just as it was learnt that the mother of all fears has gripped nearly all the members of the Cabinet over their fate in the impending exercise.
Findings in the Presidency show that lobbyists, both incumbent and potential ones, have shifted their attention to Abuja now in a desperate bid to make the list.
“For now only President Buhari can say when the exercise will come and the form it will take, we are waiting,” the source said.