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Politics of Thursday, 13 January 2022


2023 presidency: South-West APC may ostracise Osinbajo

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

The South-West chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may isolate Vice President Yemi Osinbajo if he decides to pursue his presiden­tial ambition in 2023 on the party’s platform, it has been confirmed.

One of the leaders on Wednesday, said it will amount to the “greatest treachery in the history of the South-West” if Osinbajo decides to square up against his benefactor and leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former Lagos State governor and APC nation­al leader.

Tinubu on Monday informed Pres­ident Muhammadu Buhari of his de­cision to run for the office of President in 2023.

While describing his desire to occupy the highest political office as “a lifelong ambition”, Tinubu, however, said he had not publicly disclosed his am­bition to Nigerians as he was still in consultations with var­ious interest groups across the country.

On the part of Osinbajo, even though several groups across the country have been calling for him to run, he had said he is focused on his job now as President Buhari’s deputy and will decide on whether he is going to contest at the appro­priate time.

When asked if Osinbajo will also inform President Buhari as Tinubu did, one of his aides told Daily Independent that his principal is very much interest­ed in vying for the number one office in the country.

The aide, who said Tinubu’s declaration won’t stop Osinbajo from contesting, however, said unlike Tinubu, who went to Aso Rock Villa to inform the president of his intention to contest, Osinbajo is waiting for directives from President Buhari on the way forward for the 2023 presidential election.

Also, a leader of the South- West APC who is a close asso­ciate of Tinubu said they are keeping their fingers crossed and waiting for the vice pres­ident to make his bid known before taking action.

On what they will do if he declares, he said they will be faced with no option than to ostracise him as nobody will have anything to do with him the South-West.