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Osinbajo-Ganduje posters flood Abuja, as battle for 2023 heats up

A group, Osinbajo Ganduje Alliance, has flooded Abuja with presidential posters of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and the governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje.

The group in a statement obtained by NewsWireNGR claimed, “Vice President Osinbajo and Governor Ganduje have both offered the most plausible solutions to ending the security crisis occasioned by the farmers-herders crisis across the country”.

According to the statement signed by the conveners of the group, Messrs Oluleke Mose and Bello Adamu Mohammed, “if power rotates to the South, Osinbajo is best placed to unite, heal and inspire our great nation.

“We also firmly believe that Ganduje’s antecedents as Governor of Kano make him the perfect Northern vice presidential candidate to Osinbajo; one who will advance and protect the interests of a Northern Nigeria plagued by poverty and insecurity.”

Most political pundits believe that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is quietly nursing a Presidential ambition, while Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, whose tenure ends in 2023, has publicly expressed his support for a Southern President.

There are also insinuations that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is most likely to zone its Presidential candidate to the South of Nigeria, after eight years of Buhari and based on a purported gentleman understanding reached between the founding members of APC in 2014.

As concerns around Tinubu’s health and age have grown, there is mounting opposition to Tinubu’s ambition within the APC.

More politicians and pundits in the South are beginning to talk and play up the prospects of younger Turks within the APC like Prof. Osinbajo Gov. Kayode Fayemi and the former governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Fashola (SAN).

However, at the time of filing this report, there was no official statement from the Vice President’s or Kano Governor’s offices.

Meanwhile, in March 2021, the VP denied he had declared interest in contesting for the presidential seat come 2023.

His then-reaction was in response to a website, supportosinbanjo.ng and a group calling on Nigerians to join a volunteer group mobilizing support for Osinbajo ahead of the 2023 elections.

“Prof. Osinbajo has not declared any interest whatsoever in the 2023 election, but he’s rather focused on working in his capacity as vice president in the current administration to address all the compelling issues in the country and concerns of Nigerians, including finding effective and lasting solutions to the security challenges.

“Therefore, we ask that people desist from such unhelpful permutations; while we all deal together with the challenges confronting us as Nigerians, and resolve them for the benefit of our people, peace and prosperity in the land,” Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, had said.

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