Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s formal presidential ambition on Sunday, has prompted a war of words between his support group and the All Progressives Congress national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s group on Monday.
Sources disclosed that the exchange of words which occurred on social media, television and radio, was not only triggered by the long-awaited presidential declaration by Mr. Osinbajo, which was recorded on video on social media on Monday, there were also rumours that the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, might support the Vice-President’s ambition.
Meanwhile, Osinbajo made clear his reason for his decision to succeed president Muhammadu Buhari after having a meeting with the APC governors at the Presidential Villa late on Sunday.
The essence of the meeting according to him, was to seek their support ahead of the party’s primary which is expected to take place next month.
In his declaration speech, he also affirmed that he believes that God endowed him with many experiences as the country’s number two citizen to enable him to serve better as President in 2023 and beyond.
His speech read part: “Dear Nigerians, for the past seven years, I have served as Vice President under a true Nigerian patriot, a servant of the nation in war and peace, and a man of integrity, President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We have, together, worked through some of the most difficult times in our nation’s history, but we have remained focused on securing the country, providing infrastructure, and growing our economy. As stipulated by the Nigerian Constitution, our tenure will end next year.
“In this period of seven years, I have served the government in several capacities, and I have, at the direction of Mr President, represented our country in sensitive high-level international engagements.”