The Nigerian Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo
WEDNESDAY, 20th October, 2021: There have been strong indications that the All Progressives Congress may adopt consensus arrangement to pick its flagbearer for the 2023 presidential election.
Speaking on the reason for this, top chieftains said, the party feared that "a crowded presidential primary may breed bad blood and threaten the chances of the party in 2023.”
According to reports, top chieftains of the APC yesterday said stalwarts of the party had started reaching out to members nursing presidential ambition on the need to close ranks.
It was also gathered that the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo would meet soon to discuss further.
An anonymous source said, "Both Ashiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will soon meet to discuss issues relating to the 2023 election.”
“Leaders of the party are working on adopting a consensus presidential candidate, which has received presidential endorsement.”
The source added that despite the fact that the Vice-President did not visit the former Lagos State Governor when he was undergoing medical treatment in London, both of them were in touch.
The Presidential Political Adviser, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, had recently denied reports that there was a crisis between the two leaders.
Ojudu said, “Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are members of same party. Osinbajo regards Tinubu as a respected leader of a political family to which he belongs and will therefore not for any reason endorse an endeavor that seeks to pitch them against each other.
“We are not unaware of some people who may want to foist a crack among our leaders. Such an attempt is abortive. Osinbajo and Tinubu’s relationship dates way back and it shall continue to wax strong.”