The politics of 2019 seems to be at the heart of the raging crisis in the All Progressives Congress. The party leaders are at each other’s throat over the sharing of National Assembly positions in a bid to position themselves for 2019. Meanwhile, the new government has just set out on a four- year mandate. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, smarting from the confusion and controversy that has engulfed APC is already saying it will take back power by 2019. Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko who has just been elected Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum said the party would regain power at the centre by 2019. In fact, he said PDP had commenced the process of taking back power from APC during the next election. He spoke during a mini-reception organised for him at Akure Airport on his return from Abuja after his emergence as new Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum.
Now, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, earlier on Wednesday, asked politicians to avoid early campaign for 2019 general elections. He advised that they should cooperate with the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to move the country forward. Dogara gave the advice when the Presidential Primaries Convention Committee of APC visited him in Abuja. He was a member of that committee. “We have to rally round with all the tools we can get, to make this government a success. We cannot fail our people and that is why I fault those who are already having their eyes on 2019,’’ he said. The Speaker who made the well thought-out homily himself is one of the new leaders thrown up in a web of intrigues and hire wire politics in APC over the election of principal officers of the National Assembly. The intrigues and politics surrounding the election of the National Assembly officers have been linked with 2019. How can the party or indeed the country now abort a trend towards 2019 that has already begun?