Osinbajo Growing Support for Nigeria Presidential Race 2023

 There are appre­hensions within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as sup­port for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo gathers momentum.

While the party is yet to make any declaration as to where President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor will emerge, several names have been flying around and promi­nent among those names is that of Vice President Osinbajo.

A party source told Sunday Independent that the growing sup­port for the vice presi­dent may put the party to task soon, consider­ing the rumoured ambi­tion of a leader of the party

“Giving the potential of both men and the speculated misunder­standing that has arisen in the past over political aspiration, the leaders would have a lot of work to do soon in order to avoid any form of crisis in the party, especially in the South-West,” he said.

Others believed to be eyeing the exalted seat include the national leader of the APC, Asi­waju Bola Tinubu; Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi; Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amae­chi; Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello; former Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

However, none of these individuals has come out to either deny or admit nursing the 2023 ambition.

However, of all the supposed contenders, the vice president seems to be getting the largest support from all cor­ners.

Osinbajo’s campaign posters and billboards have continued to flood various parts of Abu­ja, with some of them bearing inscriptions such as: “Businessmen for Osinbajo – Let’s Get to Work”. “Businessmen for Osinbajo – Run, Osin­bajo, Run! 2023.

On Wednesday, some businessmen in the six geopolitical zones called on Osinbajo to join the 2023 presidential race, describing him as “the missing link the busi­ness community in Ni­geria needs at this mo­ment”.

Convener, Business­men for Osinbajo (BFO) and Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Portal Realties Ltd., Dr. Tayo Fashogbon, said in a statement that mem­bers had commenced plans to raise campaign funds to actualise their push for the Vice Presi­dent to become Nigeria’s president in 2023.

Fashogbon sai d : “Osinbajo is a patriotic and detribalised Nige­rian who will commit himself to work for ev­eryone.

“He is the only one who holds such a prom­ise among other Nige­rians aspiring for the plum job. The impera­tive for a President who is totally devoid of sec­tional interests has nev­er been so paramount.

“These are the rea­sons why more and more well-meaning Nigerians are coming out daily in their numbers to invest in ‘Project Osinbajo

This is also why the first-time businessmen in the country have decided not to leave politics to politicians alone but are ready to be fully involved in the political destiny of our country.”

Fashogbon said BFO was working with the mandate of millions of Nigerian businessmen who believe in the quali­ty of leadership Osinba­jo would bring to bear if Nigerians entrusted him with their mandates

It would be recalled that former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, recently de­scribed the vice presi­dent as the best person to lead Nigeria in 2023.

Babangida, who ex­pressed the view while receiving the Osibanjo Grassroots Organisation at his Hill Top residence in Minna, urged Osinba­jo to remain focused and resilient.

The former military leader told the group that he accepted to speak to the members because of the person of the vice president and because of his conviction that Osinbajo had what it would take to lead the country

Speaking on why the vice president should succeed Buhari, a mem­ber of the House of Representatives repre­senting Tarauni Feder­al Constituency in Kano State, Hon Hafiz Kawu, described Osibanjo as the “natural successor to President Buhari” in 2023.

Kawu, who spoke with our Correspondent, said the vice president had what it would take to succeed Buhari, owing to his “experience and versatility in managing an entity”.

He said even though he (Osinbajo) had not yet declared his inten­tion to contest for the presidency, “he is the most suitable person to succeed Buhari. He has the capacity, experience, and capability to lead Nigeria over every oth­er aspirant in the APC

When asked about the presidential ambition of the national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, Kawu said: “Tinubu has not declared his presi­dential ambition. Even if he declares, the par­ty knows how to sort it out.”

Simi larly, Daniel Shawulu, Chairman of Arewa Consensus Assembly, a northern group, on Thursday, endorsed the vice pres­ident as the right can­didate to succeed Pres­ident Buhari.

The decision, accord­ing to Shawulu, is based on his competence and knowledge of the cur­rent socio-economic and security challenges con­fronting the country

We admit that the ac­ceptable next President of Nigeria must have an appeal that crosses eth­nic, religious and demo­graphic lines, especially the youths, considering the most recent history and trajectory of Nige­ria,” he said.

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