13 December 2017
A well respected Nigerian national daily newspaper has reported that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, may take the place of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in 2019.
The report which originated from Daily Sun claims Tinubu would become the next Vice President, while Professor Yemi Osinbajo would return to the pulpit as pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG.
The report quoted a source as saying Osinbajo may have notified the church of his interest to return to pastoral work.
According to the report, it is believed that Tinubu is being considered because of his ability to mobilise the south-west in the forthcoming general elections.
“It was gathered that Osinbajo’s replacement with Tinubu is being mooted as a way to have a solid South West support for the APC, in the face of a South East-South-South alliance in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),” the report quoted sources as saying.
According to the report, until recently, Buhari and Tinubu had a frosty relationship and this caused fear that the party could lose. This, it said, made it important to appease the former governor of Lagos with the VP position.
It added that series of meetings had been held to concretise this decision, but added that Tinubu’s camp denied the claim.
A senior member of the camp was quoted as saying: “We don’t have anything to say on the matter now,” but added “Let’s talk more on this later in the day.”