Pressures are reportedly being mounted on Professor Yemi Osinbajo by his top allies to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
Recall that Osinbajo came third in the presidential primary election of the APC, losing the ticket to his political godfather Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Vanguard reports that sources confirmed active moves to draft Osinbajo into the 2023 presidential race.
According to the sources, there are suggestions regarding the possibility of an Osinbajo/Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso ticket on the platform of the NNPP.
But close aides to the Vice President stated that talks of a move to the NNPP are mere speculation.
Vantage News reports that Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of NNPP, has been in talks with the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, over a political alliance.
“One of the factors driving the push for an Osinbajo/Kwankwaso ticket is the need to give vent to what is clearly a nationwide yearning for a different kind of political leadership, something that the VP has come to represent to Nigerians,” one of the sources told Vanguard.
“On the other hand, Kwankwaso is known to be an accomplished grassroots politician in the North-West who can easily complement the VP.”
Sources stated that moves to draft Osinbajo back into the race are being pushed by his associates and some influential northern politicians.
It is alleged that the plan is to substitute Kwankwaso, whose name has already been submitted to INEC, using the window of substitution, which remains open until August.
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