Nigeria Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, last night, plugged all assumptions, pussyfooting and rumours when he hosted members of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) to the breaking of Ramadan fast (Iftar) at his official residence, Akinola Aguda House, Presidential Villa, Abuja to reveal to them his intention to run for President.
The Guardian report that the Vice President used the occasion to consult with governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on his presidential ambition ahead of his declaration to contest today.
Invited were both Muslim and non-Muslim governors with sufficient representation from all political zones in the country. This move has capped months of behind-the-scene yet apparent mobilisations that have fuelled speculations and pit the number two man against his erstwhile boss, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
A source who was at the meeting disclosed this to The Guardian. He said: “APC governors, especially those from the North, are already gathered for the Iftar dinner. The VP is now going to reveal his intention to run for the office of President. He will then make it public to all Nigerians on Monday (today).”
According to the source, nearly all of the APC governors, except Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, who is out of the country and his Ekiti counterpart, Kayode Fayemi, who was said to have experienced flight difficulties were present.
This has put paid to weeks of speculation and denials of the Vice President’s next move, months after support groups have launched intense and spirited clamour for Osinbajo to throw his hat into the ring for a bid to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.