Ahead of the 2023 general election, many have continued to see the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo as the best candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari. However, as things stand in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the moment, Osibanjo may not be top on the party's list of potential candidates for the position, due to the ambition of some of the different top politicians within the party. Hence, the Vice president may likely need the support of politicians especially from the Southwest region, to be a clear favorite for the presidency in 2023.
Nevertheless, who are these Southwest politicians whose support may be crucial to Osibanjo's 2023 presidential bid? Among others, these 2 below stand out due to their position and overall importance within the party at the moment.
1. Governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi
Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi remains one of the top Southwest politicians, who have been speculated to vie for the presidency under APC in 2023. However, if the governor is convinced to drop his ambition and support Osibanjo, the vice president could become a formidable candidate ahead of the poll. Judging from his political strength in terms of followers and experience, it is almost clear that Fayemi's support could project the vice president above other candidates in the race for the 2023 presidency.
Nevertheless, as things stand currently, it is unclear whether the governor will drop his presidential ambition for Osibanjo or any other candidate towards 2023.
2. APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
Another Southwest Politician who can help project Osibanjo above other candidates with his support, is the APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Certainly, with his wealth of experience and massive political influence, Tinubu's support may be invaluable to Osibanjo's success at the 2023 poll. Although, this seem very unlikely at the moment due to the fact that the APC national leader, may be running for the presidency in 2023. Nevertheless, if Tinubu decides to drop his ambition and support Osibanjo, the vice president may just emerge as Buhari's successor in 2023.
The question however, is; will these two southwest APC chieftains likely drop their ambition in support of the vice president?
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