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Politics of Monday, 25 April 2022


How Osinbajo swerved Tinubu at Aisha Buhari’s dinner

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and Bola Tinubu seat side-by-side at an event Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and Bola Tinubu seat side-by-side at an event

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo avoided what would have been an awkward meeting with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu if had attended the Ramadan Iftar (dinner) put together by the First Lady, Aisha Buhari.

Recall, that Aisha Buhari had invited top party officials including all presidential aspirants to dinner at the presidential villa on Saturday, April 23.

Rather than appear personally, the Vice President sent a representative.

Patrons who were looking forward to a first meeting between the two since Osinbajo declared his intention to run for the presidency in 2023 did not have the opportunity to so do.

While Tinubu was present at the dinner, former Governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor represented the vice president.

Since Osinbajo declared his intention to run on April 11, 2022, there had been a sense of unease in his camp and that of Tinubu, who appointed him as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice when he was the Lagos State Governor.

Tinubu was also said to have endorsed Osinbajo as the running mate of Buhari in 2015 after much persuasion.

After the two-term Governor of Lagos State declared his intention to contest the presidential election, many assumed Osinbajo would drop his based on their previous political relationship.

At the dinner, Osinbajo urged all aspirants to play politics without bitterness.

Speaking through his representative, he said the dinner offered Nigerians from different faiths and backgrounds the opportunity to reunite with one another to foster unity.

He said: “It is an opportunity for aspirants from various political parties to meet one another and the lesson we should learn from here is to practise politics without bitterness as we move closer to election year.

“We should try to imbibe the spirit of oneness because at the end of the contest, only one person is going to emerge winner of the presidential election next year.

“So, it is not going to be a do-or-die affair.

“We should learn to practise politics without bitterness.”

On his part, Tinubu expressed gratitude to the First Lady for bringing the diverse groups of Nigerians to share love and unity.

Tinubu prayed for the brotherliness, peace, unity and prosperity of Nigeria.

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