A report by ThisDay indicates that wide-ranging consultations have begun in earnest ahead of the 2023 presidential election. According to the report, the kick-off of political activities is due to the end of the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the February 23 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, which was dismissed by the Supreme Court.
The report listed those in the race and they are;
- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Senator Bola Tinubu
Ekiti state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi
Pastor Tunde Bakare
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state
Governor Nasir el-Rufai
Former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega
Former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi.
An unnamed source quoted in the report, however, said it is believed that Atiku might still show interest in the race. It is believed that Tinubu used the presidential campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election to bounce back to reckoning.
He was the vice-chairman of the campaign council while the president was the chairman. On his part, Vice President Osinbajo is said to be looking to reap from the principle of the right of first right of refusal.
He is said to be banking on the trust the president has for him, to push for him to ascend to the presidency. Osinbajo, say some political watchers, maybe the dark horse that would upstage Tinubu in the impending contest. But will vested interests baying for blood in the media allow him?