A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Joe Igbokwe, has advised Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, to show respect and jettison his ambition of running for president come 2023 under the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo who recently publicly declared his intention to run for president after many months of tpid denials was advised by Igbokwe to withdraw for the race because for governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu is also running under the same APC.
Just few hours after Osinbajo declared his intention, Igbokwe took to his social media handle and asked him to withdraw from the presidential race.
According to him:
“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.”
It is worthy of note that 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.
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”.