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Plans By Lagos APC, To Scuttle Vice President Osibanjo Delegates Vote In The Primaries Allegedly Uncovered

by Anita Ogona

Ahead of the May 30 presidential primary election of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), there are allegations that the Lagos State chapter of the party is strategizing to scuttle the chances of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Sources from the camp of the vice president told Sunday Independent that some top politicians in Lagos APC, among whom are serving National Assembly members, House of Assembly members and commissioners, have been reaching out to delegates across the country and giving them reasons why Osinbajo should not get their support.

One of the sources accused the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo- Olu, House of Representatives Speaker, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, and Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, of spearheading the move.

“We are aware of their moves and antics but we are not moved.

The VP has said he is no longer part of Lagos APC again and he has moved to Ogun State, should that be a problem to them? “After all, he is just one man, if just one man leaves your state to another state, you should not be bothered.

“Sanwo-Olu and Obasa brought present and past speakers to Lagos on Tuesday specifically to buy their conscience because they know they are going to be part of delegates that would vote in the primaries.

“We are aware that Gbajabiamila is also playing the same game in Abuja. For us, this is childish and it is not necessary.

“They would want to argue that they are trying to lobby the delegates but we know that they are doing more than lobbying.

“Some of the people they are reaching out to are for the VP and they are giving us updates on all of their moves.

“They should stop trying to tarnish the image of the VP because it won’t do them any good,” the source said.

Vice President Osinbajo, on Monday, declared his intention to vie for the highest office in the land, three months after the APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, met with President Muhammadu Buhari to notify him of his intention to succeed the president.

Later on Monday, Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande disclosed that his principal, who earlier announced his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the APC, was no longer a member of the Lagos APC.

Akande explained that the vice president had revalidated his APC membership status in Ward One, Ikenne, Ogun State, on February 9, 2021. Since his declaration, the VP has come under various verbal attacks, especially from Tinubu’s loyalists who have continued to label him (Osinbajo) a betrayer.

One of such Tinubu’s loyalists is the Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Drainage and Water Resources, Joe Igbokwe, who took to his Facebook page on Tuesday to fault Osinbajo’s presidential declaration.

Igbokwe, who described Osinbajo’s presidential declaration as a “monumental betrayal”, lamented that such an action showed a lack of loyalty to Tinubu.

“Is this how we will pay Asiwaju for helping to lift us up? This monumental betrayal has no part 2.

“I am totally diminished as a mortal who understands very well the meaning and the power of loyalty,” Igbokwe wrote.

In its reaction, the Lagos APC criticized Osinbajo over his decision to throw his hat into the ring for the party’s ticket.

AKINWUNMI KING, Lagos reporting

 

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