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Governors reject Osinbajo as he declares 2023 ambition

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Governors reject Osinbajo as he declares 2023 ambition

Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President has suffered rejection even as he declares to run for President come 2023, ENigeria Newspaper reports.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo announced his intention to run for President in 2023 via his social media platforms just moments ago; however, contrary to popular belief, the Nigeria’s number two man is facing numerous challenges, including rejection within his party hierarchy, ahead of his political ambition.

Recall that, amid speculations about his intentions to run for President in 2023, Osinbajo convened a meeting of APC governors to make his official declaration, but to his dismay, only 10 governors reluctantly attended the Ramadan fast breaking dinner (iftar) hosted by the Vice President at his State House Presidential Villa residence, according to ENigeria Newspaper findings.

“The absence of the 12 other governors was a clear indication of their outright and open rejection for Osinbajo’s candidacy in the 2023 Presidential election, and for the 10 others present, it was a mere show of solidarity that counts for nothing, as can be seen in the statement made by the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and Governor of Kebbi, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, who spoke on behalf of the governors,” this is according to sources familiar with the development.

“The governors had heard the Vice President,” Atiku Bagudu said, adding that as APC governors, they would endeavor to ensure the party retained power in 2023.

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He then prayed that God would provide the ideal candidate for the party, one who would help the party retain the presidency and deliver for the people of Nigeria.

The frustration of his public humiliation, according to the findings of the ENigeria Newspaper, arm-twisted Vice President Osinbajo into making an internal video declaration, which has been termed as a devastating blow to the vice president’s 2023 ambition.

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At the Ifta, Osinbajo reminded the governors that his background as Lagos State Commissioner and Attorney-General, as well as his seven years as Vice President, had appropriately prepared him for the presidency.

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Meanwhile, he alluded to the fact that he was Chairman of the National Economic Council and had performed admirably in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari, according to sources at the meeting.

He then sought the governors’ support in order to be elected president in 2023.

Although President Buhari has yet to openly state his support for Vice President Osinbajo, there are significant signs that he plans to use him to torpedo Tinubu’s 2023 ambition.

Meanwhile, since the President’s video went viral on social media, loyal fans of Bola Ahmed Tinubu have been railing against it on social media and in WhatsApp groups, claiming that Osinbajo has betrayed Tinubu.

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Clearly, neither a campaign headquarters at 15B Buchanan Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja, nor Buhari’s clandestine backing will be enough to enable the Vice President achieve his political goal for 2023; he will need to put in more convincing effort.

More on this subject in subsequent posts.

ENIGERIA NEWSPAPER

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