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2023 Presidency: Osinbajo Is Not Interested – Says Bwala

Mr Daniel Bwala, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has contradicted the popular believe of many Nigerians by stating that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is not interested in contesting for presidency in 2023.

Mr Bwala who spoke as a guest on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Tuesday, stated this as he addressed issues that concern the APC and the PDP’s chances in the coming elections, as well as a ‘third force’ and the overall new leadership agenda for the country.

When the Vice President was mentioned among potential contestants under the APC, Mr Bwala resolutely said: “Yemi Osinbajo is not running for President”.

“He is not interested,” he added.

“I think I know the wisdom behind why VP Osinbajo is not running and he is shooting down every attempt to point towards that”.

Bwala in his explanation, said that Osinbajo would instead throw his support behind his principal, who had supported him over the past eight years.

“He may have understood that the general principle of equity and fairness is that one good turn deserves another. He had a principal who supported him for eight years and because Asiwaju (Bola Tinubu) has indicated interest, morally, not legally, it would be injurious for the Vice President to express interest.

“Secondly, there’s an idea that if someone has helped you and indicated interest, your best bet is to go about supporting him with the hope that he doesn’t get it, he will now throw his weight behind you but you will not challenge him and I think that since the Vice President is not interested, it is important that he comes out and downplay his supporters and support Asiwaju because if you continue to leave people in limbo, there is going to be a crisis between your supporters and his supporters,” he said.

This notwithstanding, series of speculations have been in the air that the Vice President has plans to run for President, although he has not openly nade his intentions known.

Several reports on Monday had it that he would announce his “presidential bid” for the next election after the APC’s convention slated to hold on February 26, 2021.

Debunking the claims, Laolu Akande, his media aide, immediately stated that the report is false and speculative.

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