Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is reportedly fighting Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo over the 2023 presidential election.
After being snubbed in London by the former Governor of Lagos State, Osinbajo was left with no choice but to throw his hat into the ring, according to our sources.
Tinubu returned to Nigeria earlier this month following a medical vacation in London that lasted over three months.
The former governor of Lagos State, whose health has been a point of contention, is said to have had knee surgery in London.
President Muhammadu Buhari, Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Umar Ganduje (Kano), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), and Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) were among the leaders who paid him a visit in London.
The House of Representatives’ northern caucus, led by Deputy Speaker, Hon. Ahmed Wase, also paid a visit to the APC national chairman and endorsed his bid for the president in 2023.
However, a source close to Osinbajo told THISDAY Newspaper that Tinubu ignored the vice president while he was on medical leave in London.
“Osinbajo came to London to attend a seminar and then meet with Tinubu. He was meant to visit Tinubu the next morning when he arrived, but Tinubu had already left town by 6 a.m. the next morning to avoid seeing him.
“Even Adeboye (Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God) had arrived a day earlier, and they planned to see Tinubu,” the person stated.
According to the source, the vice president must make a decision after his unsuccessful attempt to meet with Tinubu.
“Now that Tinubu has cranked up his campaign and Osinbajo also wants to be president, both of them cannot be president, the battle of his life has begun. He hasn’t chosen to run yet, but a lot of people are encouraging him to do so,” the insider said.
Despite the fact that supporters of Osinbajo and Tinubu claim that the supposed attempt to set the two leaders against each other would fail, there are no signs that either of them will abandon his presidential ambitions.