Daily trust has learned from reliable sources that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has told President Muhammadu Buhari of his presidential ambition.
According to the sources, the vice president informed the president of his ambition to succeed him when his term ends in 2023, in order to consolidate on the achievement made since the party took over power in 2015, when the opposition PDP was defeated.
Alongside the plan, which was not made public, the vice president will compete for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket with people like Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who visited the Presidential Villa a few months ago and informed Buhari of his ambition to succeed him.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele and the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi would also vie for the presidency even as the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige had said he would soon join the race, according to reports,
Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzo Kalu, and Senator Rochas Okorocha have all declared their interest in the presidency on the platform of the APC amid speculations that some aspirants from the North would soon join the race.
“Certainly, VP Osinbajo has told the president that he wants to succeed him,” one of our sources said.
“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.”
Despite the fact that Osinbajo, a lawyer, politician, and pastor, has yet to proclaim his desire to run for president in 2023, a slew of support groups and individuals have sprouted up to cheer him on.
The groups have been traveling across the country, financing advertisements in print and broadcast media urging the vice president to run for president.
According to another source, recent events indicate 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.Click here to give us five stars rating!