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2023: Buhari Gives Osinbajo A Non-Committal Approval; The Skirmishes In APC, Why The VP In A Fix

President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly given his lieutenant, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo a non-committal “the green light” to pursue his 2023 Presidential ambition, an exclusive report according to Daily Trust has said
The President, however, did not give the VP any commitment or assurance of supporting him ahead of other contenders, News Proof posted.
The report says, credible multiple sources have confirmed to news medium that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has finally informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his presidential ambition.
The sources said the VP told the president of his desire to take over from him at the expiration of his tenure in 2023 to consolidate the achievements they recorded since they took over from the opposition PDP in 2015.
With the intent, which had not been made public, the vice president will struggle for the ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with the likes of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who had a few months ago visited the Presidential Villa where he told Buhari of his intention to succeed him.
“Certainly, VP Osinbajo has told the president that he wants to succeed him,”
our source confirmed form one of its sources.
“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,” he said.
Another source said when Osinbajo approached the president with the story, Buhari was not surprised.
“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.”
Though Osinbajo, a lawyer, politician and pastor, is yet to declare his intention to run for the office of president in 2023, many support groups and individuals have sprung up rooting for him.
The groups have been going round the country and sponsoring adverts in print and broadcast media urging the vice president to contest.
Another source said recent happenings indicated that Osinbajo will “Definitely slug it out with Tinubu and others for the APC ticket.”
He said, “The projection in certain quarters that the VP will not contest against Tinubu is now over. The two of them who are from the South West 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,” he said.
Meanwhile, the vice president on Sunday postponed his planned meeting with all the state chairmen of the ruling APC who had converged on Abuja.
The meeting would have been the major contact of the VP with party chieftains from across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
Sources said the meeting was planned ahead of Osinbajo’s formal declaration for the presidency, which would have put paid to all speculations around his presidential ambition.
Multiple sources said the meeting planned to hold today (Monday) at night was shelved because of a directive from the villa.
It was learnt that accommodation had been reserved for the state APC chairmen while some of them had already arrived Abuja ahead of the meeting before it was abruptly shelved.
APC sources in Lagos, Kano, Enugu, Kaduna, Osun, Cross River, Adamawa, Bauchi, among others, said they were aware of the meeting with Osinbajo and had mobilised for it.
A member of the APC in Kaduna who is familiar with the development said the meeting was shelved after rumours began to fly that the vice president was planning to use the chairmen to promote his political ambition.
Read more at Daily Trust


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