- The planned meeting convened by some leaders of the APC in the southwest for presidential aspirants in the region may have hit the rocks
- Some party chieftains are already beginning to express reservations about the intervention of the leaders at this stage of the process that would lead to the primary of the party
- An APC chieftain from the region has queried the real motive of the meeting, saying it may be in favour of a particular aspirant
Lagos - Tobi Aradeyo, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, has dismissed the meeting called by some southwest leaders for the party's presidential aspirants.
Aradeyo in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, May 6, said the meeting, which will be held in Lagos, was in the interest of a former governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Part of the statement read:
“There has been some buzz about a meeting called recently by leaders of the APC in the southwest for all presidential aspirants in the zone.
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“The names of Chief Bisi Akande and Aremo Olusegun Osoba have been mentioned as the people behind it, in an attempt to forge some unanimity of purpose on the 2023 presidential bid.
“Several of the participants are beholden to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and will never tell him the truth. Baba Akande is clearly not going to confront Tinubu on any point. He has benefited extensively from Tinubu’s largesse over the years.
“Baba came up in his recent book with the controverted narrative that Tinubu nominated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo when in fact Tinubu opposed his nomination when it mattered most, wanting the VP post desperately for himself.
“Another prominent attendee expected is Femi Gbajabiamila, who has expended every resource and energy in propagating Tinubu’s candidacy. In any event, as a Lagos politician, his political future depends on Tinubu’s pleasure.”
The APC chieftain further stated that many of the expected attendees are either current beneficiaries of the former Lagos state governor or sympathetic to his cause.
“Even Pastor Tunde Bakare, did he not recently preach a sermon pontificating on why Tinubu should get the support of everyone to be president?
“There are claims that his entering the presidential race now is only to secure a platform to force down the hands of the vice president somehow down the road.”
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Meanwhile, an APC chieftain from Delta state, Emeka Okonji has stated that the vast majority of honest Nigerians are supporting the presidential aspiration of VP Osinbajo.
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Okonji made the comment in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, May 4.
According to him, Nigerians of all faiths are daily signing up to ensure that come May 2023, Osinbajo is sworn in as the next president of the country.
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Recall that the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II recently said opponents of Osinbajo are already shivering since the vice president joined the 2023 presidential race.
The respected monarch made the comment when VP Osinbajo visited him recently as part of his consultations ahead of the 2023 polls.
The traditional ruler also said he admires Osinbajo's eloquence, calmness, humility, respect for culture, and fear of God.