There are rumors that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo may withdraw from the presidential campaign after Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s declaration of his candidacy
Following the announcement of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidential ambition, suspicions have developed in certain quarters that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo may withdraw from the race to replace President Muhammadu Buhari.
However, according to the Vice President’s adviser, Tinubu’s ambition would not prevent the Senior Advocate of Nigeria from running for President in 2023, despite his age.
Remember that Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State and patron of Osinbajo, said on Monday that he intends to pursue his ‘lifelong goal’ of becoming President of Nigeria.
After meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, he informed State House journalists that “nothing prevents a kingmaker from becoming king,” and that he is continuing to speak with a broad range of stakeholders.
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On Tuesday, an aide to Osinbajo spoke with the Daily Independent. He stated that despite the APC national leader’s declaration, his principal is “very much interested in vying for the number one office in the country.”
He disclosed that Osinbajo is not in a hurry as he is patiently waiting for directives from President Buhari, who is the leader of the APC, on the way forward for the 2023 presidential election.
According to the source, the vice president enjoys a lot of goodwill from Nigerians who believe that he is the best candidate who can sustain the legacies of the present administration and even do things better.
“The vice president is very much interested in contesting. From what we have seen, many Nigerians, including key figures in the political and corporate world, believe that he is the best to succeed President Buhari,” he said.
“I know the impression many people have is that because his benefactor, Asiwaju has declared interest to run, the vice president will perish his ambition. But that is not true. The vice president will contest but he will not jump the gun.
“Right now, he is waiting for directives from President Muhammadu Buhari. If indeed the president wants him as his successor and gives him his blessings to contest so as to continue with the programmes of the administration, he will not turn down the request.”
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