Babafemi Ojudu, the Special Adviser on Political Matters to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says attempts to cause conflict between the National Leader of All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu; and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in the forthcoming 2023 presidential election will fail.
Ojudu made this known in a statement on Monday while reacting to an interview on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ breakfast programme earlier today.
Some guests on the programme including a pro-Osinbajo group member, Alwan Hassan; and a pro-Tinubu APC member, Tunde Ajibulu, had declared and defended their individual choices of a candidate for APC in the next election.
With the rising clamour for a Southern President in 2023, there have been reports that Tinubu and Osinbajo might be separately interested in the presidency seat though both men have yet to declare any intention to contest any office in 2023.
Reacting in a statement, Ojudu, who works in the Office of the Vice-President, said Osinbajo and Tinubu are members of the ruling party and both men welcome politics without bitterness and divisiveness.
He also inferred that there is no conflict of political interests between the two politicians.
The statement was titled, ‘2023 Presidential Election: No To Divisive Politics, Attempts To Foist A Crack Between Osinbajo, Tinubu Will Fail’.
It partly read, “It is incumbent on me to state emphatically that neither the Vice President nor his office is aware of this or endorse this kind of a divisive engagement and news reports. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are members of same party. Osinbajo regards Tinubu as a respected leader of a political family to which he belongs and will therefore not for any reason endorse an endeavor that seeks to pitch them against each other.
“We are not unaware of some people who may want to foist a crack among our leaders. Such an attempt is abortive. Osinbajo and Tinubu’s relationship dates way back and it shall continue to wax strong.
“Let me, therefore, call on individuals and media houses engaged in this act to desist from doing so. The APC remains one single, indivisible party and Osinbajo remains a loyal member of the party who respects both the party structure as well as its leadership.
“Moreover, the INEC has not given a go-ahead yet for politicking towards 2023. As a law-abiding citizen, Osinbajo will not commence any act in this regard until INEC blows the whistle, and in any case the VP has not indicated interest in the 2023 elections
“While appreciating individuals who are clamouring for him to contest, we however want to plead that they should not draw him or allow themselves into an unnecessary and precipitous controversy.”
Ojudu also welcomed Tinubu back to Nigeria after a three-month medical trip to the United Kingdom, while wishing him “good health, long life and prosperity”.