Early Wednesday morning as it became increasingly clear that his dream of succeeding his boss as Nigeria’s next president may have come to naught, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, hurriedly in apparent disappointment, stormed out of the Eagles Square, the venue of the party primary, as the former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, jumped into an early lead in the race.
Prof Osinbajo was considered a front-line aspirant with former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu, among the 23 contenders for the 2023 presidential ticket of APC.
Happenings at the Eagles Square showed that he might not stand a chance against the man who first brought him to limelight by appointing him as the Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Lagos State.
Tinubu also nominated him as the Vice President to President Muhammadu Buhari following the victory of APC in 2015.
Things got tougher for Osinbajo when his former boss was endorsed by two former governors, a sitting governor, a former Speaker and the youngest among the 23 aspirants.
According to PM News, It is not clear whether the Vice President departed Eagles Square early in anticipation of loss of the primary election or he just went to refresh himself with the possibility that he would return before the commencement of sorting of ballots and announcement of the result of the primary election.
Former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has jumped into an early lead in the race for the All Progressives Congress, APC, 2023 presidential ticket.
Tinubu’s name was mentioned more often as organisers of the party’s presidential primaries at Eagle Square sorted two ballot boxes.
Tinubu, who had before balloting gotten the endorsement of six aspirants, who stepped down for him, is trailed by former Transportation Minister, Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi; and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Aspirants who stepped down for Tinubu were Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Senator Godswill Akpabio; Professor Ajayi Borroffice; Mr Dimeji Bankole; Senator Ibikunle Amosun; and Mrs Uju Ohanenye