Politics

2023: Tinubu Meets APC Governors Hours After Osinbajo Declares For Presidency

 The gladiators…Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Lagos Governor

Hours after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo declared his interest in the 2023 presidential election, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Vice President’s political godfather, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (BAT), rallied all APC Governors to a meeting apparently for a pitch of his own presidential ideas to the Governors.

The meeting, which began at 10 am today (Monday, April 11, 2022) took place at the Kebbi House on Plot 70, Kur Mohammed Way, off Ahmadu Bello Way, Central Business District, Abuja, according to a statement released by Head of Media for Tinubu Support Group, Mr. Tosin Adeyanju, confirming the meeting.

It came a few hours after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo officially declared interest in the 2023 Presidency, also on the platform of the APC.

Osinbajo declared his ambition after his meeting in the evening of yesterday (Sunday April 10, 2022) with the same APC Governors in Abuja.

Multiple reports said it was Tinubu’s first response to Osinbajo’s entry into the 2023 presidential race.

But Adeyanju debunked the claim, saying the meeting had been on the diary of events.

He said: “The meeting had been planned before today (Monday). It is part of the ongoing consultation by Asiwaju.”

Governors who attended the meeting with Tinubu included Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna State), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) Umaru Ganduje (Kano), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Mai Mala Buni (Yobe), Mohammed Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa) and Dapo Abiodun (Ogun).

Others were Abudlrazaq Abdulrahman (Kwara State), Hope Uzodinma (Imo State), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa State) and Gboyega Oyetola (Osun State).

Tinubu, Osinbajo and Minister for Transportation Rotimi Amaechi are considered the leading contenders for the ticket.

Others such as Senators Orji Uzor Kalu and Rochas Okorocha and serving Governors of Kogi State (Yahaya Bello) and Ebonyi State (Dave Umahi) are also seeking the ruling party’s ticket. (Post)

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