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The race to find President Muhammadu Buhari's successor is gathering momentum by the day. And Nigerians are closely watching the two major political parties in the country in a bid to find out who their presidential candidates will be and what they can offer the nation.
But more attention has been paid to the ruling All Progressives Congress, which many people have predicted might likely win the election.
One candidate that has been tipped to emerge as the party's presidential flagbearer is Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the current Vice President.
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According to analysts, Osinbajo is said to fit the bill because he is from the South and he is a Christian. Those two are important criteria that APC has set for the party’s presidential candidate. But more so, he has strong support from Buhari’s supporters in APC.
But despite ticking these boxes Osinbajo may still not get APC’s Presidential ticket because of his state of origin. In this article, I will analyse how Osinbajo’s state of origin may derail his hope of becoming APC’s candidate in the 2023 Presidential election.
Osibanjo's emergence will be seen as an attempt to unduely favour Ogun State which has produced at least two heads of government in the past including Obasanjo
If we do down memory lane it will be discovered that almost all Nigeria previous heads of government from the South West descent have emanated from Ogun State.
For example, the last Nigerian President from the South West was Olusegun Obasanjo, he is from Ogun State.
Former Head of Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan is from Ogun State. Even the former Head of the Old Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo is also from Ogun State.
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As a result, some people from within the party are protesting that it will be unfair on other Yoruba states for the next President to again be picked from Ogun State. They insist that it will be tantamount to an unfair act of political exclusion against Ekiti, Oyo, Osun and Ondo States..
Some party stakeholders who spoke with the Guardian Newspaper said that there was nothing wrong with Osinbajo’s candidacy, except that it will amount to cheating on other South-West states if Ogun state again produces the president.
The source also insisted that there are qualified candidates from other South-West states who the party can consider for the ticket.
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Meanwhile, despite this challenge, Osinbajo's support group are pressing on with their campaign for the VP to succeed Buhari. They have insisted, that the VP remains the best bet to guarantee continuity of Buhari accomplishments in the areas of economy and infrastructural growth.
They also asserted that Osinbajo will hit the ground running from day one because he is already a key part of the government.
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