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2023 poll: Group insists Osinbajo best option for Nigeria

By Adamu Abuh, Abuja
07 November 2021   |   3:02 am
Members of the South West Movement for Osinbajo (SOWEMOVE) have insisted that the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo is in good stead to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari

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Urges Yoruba Elders To Prevail On Tinubu To Back Osinbajo 

Members of the South West Movement for Osinbajo (SOWEMOVE) have insisted that the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo is in good stead to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari at the expiration of the latter’s tenure in May 2023.

SOWEMOVE’s position, presented to the Director of Operations of The Progressive Project (TPP), Alhaji Aliyu Usman Aliyu in Abuja, was based on an interactive session with several Obas and other eminent personalities in the Southwest geopolitical zone.

The group’s National Coordinator, Abioye Akerele, in a statement, argued that Nigeria’s Presidency might elude the Southwest in 2023 if any wrong move, such as failure to seriously consider total backing for Professor Yemi Osinbajo, occurs. 

It said: “Not too long after the Moshood Abiola political era, our emphatic strides within the Nigerian power equation is being threatened and today, there are obvious political traps with the potential to dislodge the Southwest from a vantage point through which we ought to ascend higher, to real power at the centre.

“If current realities are not adequately weighed, using the wisdom of elders like you, the Southwest may play itself out of power equation in 2023.”
 
The group, therefore, urged Obas across Yorubaland, APC governors in the Southwest, all Yoruba political elites, business moguls and leaders of thought to prevail on Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to invest his political capital in Prof Yemi Osinbajo, in the overall interest of Yoruba people.

The statement continued: “We cannot afford to keep distracting ourselves with wrong steps and faulty strategy at the risk of neglecting the very core of our geopolitical zone’s priority of regaining power at the centre and actualising further positive impacts for ourselves and the entire federation, come 2023.

“Today, Osinbajo sits in a vantage position, and he is greatly enriched with great purposeful insights into what needs to be done towards achieving lasting change. As the number two in government, he is the closest to the highly coveted seat.

“Prof. Osinbajo has the requisite character, capacity, capability and the intellect to run Nigeria to the satisfaction of the generality of the Nigerian populace. 

“We, therefore, call on you and our entire Yoruba leaders not to “siddon look” by watching, while some Southwest politicians take wrong steps in the ongoing political calculations. We must not allow a drift that will only take us all to a chaotic spot, only to then begin seeking desperate solutions.

“We believe strongly that Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is our sure bet for 2023 in the entire Southwest, and we need Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the principal game-changer to support this bid.

“For the sustenance of the Southwest’s political relevance in the Nigerian federation and in the larger interest of all Nigerians, it stands to reason that we stand firmly behind Prof. Yemi Osinbajo’s candidature for President come 2023…”

The letters lobbying for support towards realising an Osinbajo Presidency were addressed to governments of Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Oyo and Ekiti states.