Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has intimated President Muhammadu Buhari of his desire to join the race for the 2023 presidency.
Daily Trust quoted some sources as saying Osinbajo told Buhari he would like to succeed him in 2023 so that he can consolidate their achievements.
One of the sources that spoke to the newspaper said, “Certainly, VP Osinbajo has told the president that he wants to succeed him.
“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.”
Another source also revealed that after Osinbajo told the president his desire, Buhari responded with a smile and gave him the greenlight while also wishing him well.
“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,” the source said.
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A third source also told Daily Trust that Osinbajo and Tinubu would slug it out for the APC ticket adding that whoever gets Buhari’s support would have the upper hand.
“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,” the source said.
Although yet to officially declare his interest, Osinbajo would have the likes of Tinubu, Dave Umahi, Orji Uzor Kalu, and Rochas Okorocha to contend with for the APC ticket.
Other names that have also been touted for the APC ticket include Rotimi Amaechi, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and Governor Kayode Fayemi.
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