By Samuel Agbelusi
The Presidency is said to be ready for an interesting political event as Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has informed his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari of his intention to run for the apex political seat in 2023. This however has put the president in a situation that looks dim.
Vice President Osinbajo’s intention came when he met with President Buhari on New Year’s Day with the mindset that his ambition will consolidate on his achievements according to three administration officials familiar with the development.
“The Vice-President did not want to go into the election year by hiding a plan which the president had probably already known about,” a national security aide told The Gazette on Monday night under anonymity because the parley was not approved for public consumption. “He knew that an immediate endorsement of the president, on the other hand, may not be so easy to come by.”
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said he was not looking to ambush or forced the president into endorsing him and has long acknowledged that it might take a while to be on the president’s support, according to the official who was present at the meeting.
Vice President Osinbajo, 64, will likely run as president due to his credentials that have better qualities and sellable than Mr Buhari. He received accolades when he briefly acted as president in 2017 as President Buhari was receiving treatment abroad for nagging ear infections and and other complications that remained undisclosed. He was seen as a unifying figure when he led the country for a few months that year.