Vice President of Nigeria – Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will announce his ambitions to run for president after the All Progressives Congress national convention.
According to sources close to the Vice President’s strategy team, Osinbajo will make his move after the APC convention on the 26th of February. An unnamed source also revealed that VP Osinbajo has received the backing of his spiritual father—Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer Redeemed Christian Church of God.
According to him, VP Osinbajo has been jeered by the recent calls from netizens across the country to be a part of the 2023 presidential race. An increased level of support from highly ranked government personnels were also a major reason for his decision.
“Take it to the bank, he will run and he is declaring soon after the APC convention. All is set, including premium consultations already done. The coast is clear and the journey is looking good. I believe prof is also motivated by the increasing level of support from across the country, especially, the youths of this country,” he said.
Many believe Osinbajo will face a stiff opposition after an official statement is put out; due to his benefactor and former governor of Lagos State – Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who announced days back that he will run for presidency in 2023.
However, VP Osinbajo will not stand down despite being part of the faction to hold the APC campaign. He will also not relent if a ‘betrayal’ perspective is put out to Nigerians. This is according to reports. Howbeit, Osinbajo has called on supporters to refrain from a tug with Tinubu.
“In fact, none of such bothers him. But he has done one thing though, he has called his supporters and pleaded with them never to talk down on Tinubu or engage in a mud fight with his support groups, even in the face of obvious provocation,” the source said.
A member of the APC also stated that Osinbajo’s insider knowledge and experience in the forefront of Nigerian leadership will come as an added advantage in replacing President Buhari.
“It may be right to admit he stands a really good chance to succeed President Buhari after eight years as his deputy. He is an insider, who has had the opportunity of seeing things from high and serious vantage position, especially, having acted before on behalf of his boss.
“Although that may not be enough to get the presidency of Nigeria, because I believe and I know there are some politics directly connected to being the president of Nigeria. But, how well Osinbajo fits into that conversation is another debate altogether. From the list of those currently strutting the turf, he stands a really good chance, except the election is not his to lose.
“But, file this away, he is contesting and would declare after the APC convention. I am aware of that. There’s actually no stopping him. The supports have been sweeping and encouraging and for him, this opportunity might just be once and might never come his way again. Sincerely, he has nothing to lose throwing his hat in the ring. After all, he is already a frontline aspirant,” he said.
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo—who recently received the backing of the Edo State Deputy Governor—is yet to partake in an official discuss about his aspirations, but could seek a way to secure a spot for the 2023 presidential race in the coming days.