JUST IN: Osinbajo told to withdraw from 2023 presidential race

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Joe Igbokwe, has asked Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, to “show respect and withdraw from the 2023 presidential race”.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that after many speculation, Osinbajo finally declared to run for president, ending months of tepid denials.

The VP will be squaring up against APC heavyweights including his political benefactor and former governor of Lagos State Bola Tinubu; Transportation minister Rotimi Amaechi; former governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha; and governors of Kogi and Ebonyi states, Yahaya Bello and Dave Umahi.

“Let me drop it here for history and posterity: If you are one of the people Asiwaju (Tinubu) raised up and you are eyeing the presidency of the federal republic of Nigeria, show respect and withdraw from the race,” Igbokwe wrote on his known Facebook page.

Osinbajo served 8 years as attorney-general and commissioner for justice in Lagos State when Tinubu was the governor between 1999 and 2007. He was nominated as the running mate to Muhammadu Buhari in December 2014, the then-candidate of the APC for the 2015 presidential election.

Osinbajo has since served about seven years as vice president to President Buhari, whom he described as a “true Nigerian patriot”.

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  1. Such call is an insult to the Vice President and the office he occupies. As a Nigerian he’s constitutionally qualified to contest for any elective position. Besides, the fact that Asiwaju nurtured him is not enough to surpress his fundamental human right. Remember, Asiwaju also had the privilege to be two-term governor by virtue of people’s votes. So, it’s clear everyone needs somebody to lean on. I am an ardent supporter of Asiwaju while I also respect the astuteness of the VP who is equally a good material for presidency.

  2. Whoever that make that call must be sick in his head why should he step down for who is the most qualified among the name hearing suffer I’ll give you my vote Sir

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