- Ahead of the 2023 general election, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has sent a serious message to those supporting his presidential course
- Osinbajo has urged his loyal followers not to hurl insults at the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
- Meanwhile, the VP and the former governor of Lagos state are jostling for the ruling party's presidential ticket
As the race gets tougher, jostling for the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s presidential ticket gets stronger, ahead of the forthcoming general election.
Recently, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, (SAN), warned his supporters against insulting or abusing APC National Leader and former Governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Osinbajo served as Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos under Tinubu. Both men are eyeing the APC 2023 presidential ticket, which has elicited exchanges between their supporters, Vanguard reports.
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Some supporters of Tinubu had accused Osinbajo of being an ingrate for not supporting Tinubu’s presidential quest despite what Tinubu did for him politically.
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Sources close the VP, said Osinbajo is against anyone abusing Tinubu and has therefore warned his supporters:
“Even if his supporters abuse my mother, don’t retaliate. On no account must he be insulted or denigrated.”
Also, sources have revealed that a major plank of Osinbajo’s support base is the northern emirs, who consider Osinbajo to have demonstrated uncommon loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Apart from the emirs, four Northern Governors, two from the Northwest and two from the North-Central, are also said to be rooting for the Vice President. But Tinubu is said to be more popular in the north.
Orji Kalu says APC belongs to Nigerians not Tinubu
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former Abia state governor and chief whip of the Nigerian Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, stated that the ruling APC is owned by the people of Nigeria and not Bola Tinubu.
It was reported that Kalu made the comment while being interviewed by Arise Television on Thursday, January 13.
He made the comment days after Tinubu had visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, and told him of his ambition to contest the presidency in the 2023 general elections.
APC chieftain Bisi Akande reveals Buhari's failed promise to Tinubu in 2015
In another report, former interim chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, on Thursday, December 9, 2021, narrated how President Muhammadu Buhari promised but failed to pick Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as his running mate in the 2015 election.
Akande who is also a former governor of Osun state made the revelation in his autobiography, “My Participations”, which was launched in Lagos on Thursday.
He said Tinubu was instrumental to the emergence of Osinbajo as running mate to Buhari after he was formally dropped and asked to submit three names from the southwest from which Buhari would pick one.