Published 5 June 2022
The support base of the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has continued to buildup ahead of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)’s presidential primary scheduled for Monday as more governors have switched to his side.
Daily Independent had exclusively reported during the week that President Muhammadu Buhari is backing Osinbajo as his candidate and wants him as his successor so he can continue and improve on the gains of the administration.
There was a stalemate among the governors earlier in the week on the likely consensus candidate but as of Friday evening, a credible presidency source said the majority of the governors have pledged allegiance to the Vice-President.
“Most of the governors have aligned with the Vice-President as the consensus candidate. Those who are not with him are governors of Kebbi, Jigawa, Plateau, Kano, Lagos and Osun. But we are waiting for the president’s meeting with them tonight when he is back from Ghana”.
” Based on latest developments, the contest will be a straight fight between Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State”.
However when contacted, one of the loyalists of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu said he is optimistic that the former Lagos state governor will clinch the ticket.
” The President himself will be shocked on Monday. The governors will listen to him as a mark of respect and do what they wanted. Let them conduct the primary a million times, Asiwaju Tinubu will emerge victorious” he said.
Daily Independent also gathered that the Abdullahi Adamu-led National Working Committee (NWC) is currently in a meeting deliberating on the report of the screening committee led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, former national chairman of the party.
” From the feelers, I am getting, Pastor Tunde Bakare was not among the 13 aspirants cleared to contest in the primary”, he said