The Federal Government’s decision to break the hold of Intels over logistics handling in Nigeria’s oil and gas port terminals may be another move by power brokers to break the financial muscle of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, in the run up to the 2019 presidential election, high-level sources in the All Progressives Congress, APC have disclosed.
Even before news of the ailment of President Muhammadu Buhari emerged, Atiku was believed to have commenced mobilization to run for the 2019 presidential election using either the platform of the APC and where not, using the platform of another political party.
The decision to curtail him was, however, believed to have commenced before the news of the sickness of President Buhari.
Central to the alleged plot even if unwittingly, is the Managing Director of a leading federal government agency, who is a long-time associate of a northern governor, who is widely identified as a possible rival of Atiku in the 2019 showdown.
Atiku’s associates, however, are unrelenting as one of them told Saturday Vanguard that they knew where the ‘thing’ was coming from, saying that they have enough information to hit back even at those instigating the move.
The presidency had, through a letter dated May 5, 2017, issued to the Managing Director of Josepdam Port Services Limited (JPSL) broken the seeming dominance of Intels over logistics handling at Onne.
Though Atiku’s office refused to be dragged into the issue seeing it as just a business affair for Intels, associates, however, saw it as simply a political move by some power brokers to break Atiku’s backbone.
Vanguard, May 20, 2017
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