VP Osinbajo has informed Buhari of his 2023 presidential ambition.
Newsonline has gathered that the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has informed his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari of his intention to vie for the number one political position in the West African country come 2023 election.
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A report monitored on Daily Trust by Newsonline Nigeria said VP Osinbajo told President Buhari of his intention to succeed him in 2023 and that the development has not pitched Osinbajo against his godfather, Bola Tinubu, who had earlier made known his intention to govern Nigeria.
The report also stated that there are reports that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi would also vie for the presidency even as the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige had said he would soon join the race.
Similarly, Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzo Kalu, and Senator Rochas Okorocha have all declared their interest in the presidency on the platform of the APC amid speculations that some aspirants from the North would soon join the race.
“Certainly, VP Osinbajo has told the president that he wants to succeed him,” one of our sources said.
“The vice president had first consulted some prominent Nigerians who encouraged him to vie for the presidency and they also encouraged him to tell the president himself.
“They told him not to allow a third party to tell the president so that the ambition will not be misconstrued,” he said.
Daily Trust quoted another source to have said when Osinbajo approached the president with the story, Buhari was not surprised.
“Buhari smiled in his usual characteristic manner…he listened to the VP carefully and while responding, he gave him the green light and wished him well without giving him any commitment or assurance of supporting him ahead of other contenders.
“He blessed the intention just the way he blessed Tinubu when he visited him in the Villa and unveiled his plan to vie for the presidency.
“And I think the president is being careful. Remember what he said while granting an interview to a national television.”
Though the lawyer cum politician Osinbajo, is yet to declare his intention to run for the office of president in 2023, many support groups and individuals have sprung up rooting for him.
Newsonline Nigeria understands that the groups have been going around the country and sponsoring adverts in print and broadcast media urging the vice president to contest.
Another source, according to the report, said recent happenings indicated that Osinbajo will “Definitely slug it out with Tinubu and others for the APC ticket.”
He said, “The projection in certain quarters that the VP will not contest against Tinubu is now over. The two of them who are from the southwest would confront each other. They both have their support bases but Tinubu, of course, is more of a politician than Osinbajo. He has more support base across the country but that notwithstanding, the truth is that whoever the president supports would surely have an upper hand,” he said.