As the Nigerian 2023 general election approaches, the rumored war between the former lagos governor, Bola Tinubu and the vice president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo has gotten more intense. Those who are campaigning for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu have stated that they are not and won’t be bothered if Osinbajo joins the race.
According to reliable sources, the VP met President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday to officially declare his interest to contest for the 2023 presidential elections.
When Tinubu was the governor of Lagos state, Osinbajo was under Jakagban as the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice of the city. While the VP is yet to announce his aspiration for the office of the presidency, many groups have endorsed him.
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Even so, GAV has also endorsed the former governor. In a statement made by its leader, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, said: .
“I have not seen any conclusive evidence that Osinbajo is running. There are only rumours that the vice president wants to declare. Has he made any categorical pronouncement about his ambition?
“For instance, former VP Atiku has declared, visited former President Obasanjo and told the world that he is running. Others have made similar declarations but as of now, has the VP made such declaration?” he queried.
The former Executive Secretary of Ojodu Local Council Development Area also added:
“If he chose to contest for the APC ticket, it could lead to votes from the region being divided. Another person with bloc votes can take advantage of this,” he said.
Meanwhile, a retiree and Lagos State Coordinator of Osinbajo Global Movement, Akinyemi Omoniyi, opined that Lagos State stands with Osinbajo.
“Lagos State is for Osinbajo. We know him and he knows us. Nobody can force us to submit our membership cards or sack any member supporting Osinbajo from government job.”
The Diaspora coordinator of the movement, Dayo Akintobi, also added:
“It is no longer up to him to decide whether he is going to run or not. There is a groundswell of support, of encouragement and of hunger for his leadership.
“Morally, he cannot turn his back on the masses beckoning on him to run,” he said.
Meanwhile, Abubakar Lado Suleja, a member of the House of Representatives, said that Tinubu will succeed President Buhari irrespective of whether the VP joins the race or not:
“Osinbajo is a Nigerian and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has given him the right to contest any position of his wish as long as he possesses the requirements.
“To me, I don’t think it’s a big deal despite the fact that we know the relationship between Tinubu and Osinbajo; it’s not going to be a kind of crisis or a fight between the two camps.
“But my take here is we are with Asiwaju and to us, he is the most preferred candidate to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari looking at his contributions and commitment towards the emergence of this government and this administration,” he said.