Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has Informed President Muhammadu Buhari Of his Presidential Ambition in 2023 general election
According to Daily Trust, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has finally informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his presidential ambition. Osinbajo told the president of his desire to take over from him at the expiration of his tenure in 2023.
With the intent, which has not been made public, the vice president will fight for the ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with the National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu. Tinubu had a few months ago informed Buhari of his intention to also contest for President in 2023.
Osinbajo’s career spans 22 years in which some of that time he has served as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State between 1999 and 2007.
The Daily Trust quoted a source as saying:
“Certainly, VP Osinbajo has told the president that he wants to succeed him,” “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.”
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 national television,” the source was quoted as saying.
Though Osinbajo has yet to publicly declare his intention to run for President in 2023, many support groups and individuals, believed to be sponsored, have been rooting for him.
Some of them have been campaigning for Osinbajo, urging him to contest.