Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is about to battle the presidential battle of his life following a conflict of his ambition with that of the Nationwide Chief of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, THISDAY’s investigation has revealed.
THISDAY gathered that Osinbajo has been left with no different choice than to throw his hat into the ring after he was snubbed in London by the previous Governor of Lagos State.
Tinubu had earlier this month returned to Nigeria after spending over three months in London on medical trip.
The 2-term governor of Lagos State, whose well being has been a topic of controversy was reported to have undergone knee surgical procedure in London.
No fewer than 30 politicians, together with President Muhammadu Buhari, Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Umar Ganduje (Kano), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), and Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), visited him in London.
The northern caucus within the Home of Representatives, led by Deputy Speaker, Hon. Ahmed Wase additionally visited the APC nationwide chief and endorsed his candidacy for the 2023 presidency.
A supply near Osinbajo, nonetheless, informed THISDAY final evening that Tinubu snubbed the vp throughout his medical trip in London.
“Basically, Osinbajo arrived London to attend a convention after which, see Tinubu. As he arrived, he was speculated to see Tinubu the subsequent morning however Tinubu left city by 6 a.m. the subsequent morning to keep away from seeing him. Even Adeboye (Common Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye) had arrived a day earlier they usually deliberate to see Tinubu,” the supply stated.
The supply additional disclosed that the vp has to make up his thoughts after his failed bid to see Tinubu.
“Tinubu has ramped up his marketing campaign and Osinbajo additionally needs to be president and each can’t be president.
“So, now the die is forged for the battle of his life. He has not determined to run however lots of people are mobilising him to run,” the supply defined.
Nevertheless, based on a supply near Tinubu, the previous governor of Lagos State had been in London for 2 and a half months, including that if Osinbajo needed to return and see him, he had sufficient time.
“The president got here to see Asiwaju; different leaders got here; Osinbajo didn’t come. If Osinbajo had needed to return, he had sufficient time to take action. Tinubu needed to return as a result of he needed to keep away from the gang in Lagos. And he returned when he did,” he defined.
Sturdy indications that Osinbajo might half methods together with his political mentor over the 2023 presidency had emerged throughout his birthday in March 2020 when Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, who delivered an tackle on behalf of the APC Progressives Governors Discussion board, hinted that Osinbajo is an efficient candidate to succeed Buhari.
Osinbajo’s supporters, beneath the aegis of the Progressives Consolidation Group (PCG), have been the primary and solely assist group that has acquired the approval of the APC to canvass assist for his emergence because the get together’s presidential candidate for the 2023 presidential election.
The approval was contained in a letter titled, ‘Letter of Recognition as a Help Group,’ dated October 4, 2021, and signed by the Director of Administration of the APC, Alhaji Abubakar Suleiman.
The letter, which was addressed to the PCG, learn partially, “We write to tell you that the Nationwide Chairman, His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni, has accredited your recognition as a assist group of the get together.”
Despite the fact that the supporters of Osinbajo and Tinubu have insisted that the alleged try and pit the 2 leaders in opposition to one another will fail, there aren’t any indications that any of them will drop his presidential aspiration.
Reacting to a report the place teams stated to be supporting Tinubu and Osinbajo have been pitted in opposition to one another over the 2023 presidency, the Particular Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, had acknowledged in a press release that neither the vice-president nor his workplace will endorse “this sort of a divisive engagement and information studies”.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are members of the identical get together,” the previous senator stated.
“Osinbajo regards Tinubu as a revered chief of a political household to which he belongs and can due to this fact not for any purpose endorse an endeavour that seeks to pitch them in opposition to one another.
“We aren’t unaware of some individuals who might need to foist a crack amongst our leaders. Such an try is abortive. Osinbajo and Tinubu relationship dates manner again and it shall proceed to wax sturdy,” Ojudu reportedly defined.