Two weekends ago, Tinubu was alleged to have met with a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Amb. Babagana Kingibe, a nephew and political associate of President Buhari, including Mamman Daura to perfect plans to reverse what was emerging to be an unfavourable judgement from the presidential election petition tribunal against the incumbent President. Tinubu, who was charged with the task of lobbying the justices, promised to relocate to Abuja upon his return from an overseas trip.
It was gathered that in line with that commitment, the former Lagos State Governor, at about midnight of Monday departed Lagos at the head of a delegation that included the former interim National Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande.
The Tinubu team was given an “open cheque” to secure victory for Buhari, a source in the know about the plan revealed. “Believe it, these people are serious, they are not joking at all. Asiwaju has literarily moved his bullion van to Abuja. They are prepared to spend whatever is still left in the treasury to secure victory”, the source disclosed.
Akande, it was gathered, was specifically charged with reaching out to Justice Peter Ige, a member of the tribunal who hails from Osun State.
While it was gathered that the mission of the visiting politicians was to enter the capital city of Abuja in droves as a sign of solidarity with President Buhari, sources in the know however mentioned that their mission also includes ensuring that no last minute button is left in ensuring that judges in the panel do the bidding of the ruling party.
The influx of these politicians into Abuja is a follow up to an earlier meeting among top presidency officials and power-brokers who had mapped out strategies to making sure that the verdict of the tribunal was not left to chances.
A triumvirate agreement amongst Tinubu, Kingibe and Daura had penultimate weekend, in Abuja, etched a plan to mandate victory for the president in Wednesday’s judgement.