The political battle to determine who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 is gradually taking another dimension as some political gladiators have been thrust forward by their different groups to contest the presidential elections.
Though some of these gladiators have not said a word about their ambitions, their followers and some members of their political parties, however, have felt the need to present them as their preferred candidates owing to some personal interests.
The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and the national leader of the All progressives congress and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Tinubu have been in the news lately because of the several endorsements both of them have gotten from Nigerians across different parts of the country.
While these groups may think they are helping these two gentlemen, the fact remains that they are making the murky waters of politics difficult for them.
Here are three mistakes the groups are making with these campaigns.
1, Aside from being in the same party, the APC, Asiwaju Tinubu and Prof Osinbajo are in the same political camp and will need each other's support when the time comes. Pitching these two southwest political giants against each other would mean trouble and a divided house if, in the future, either of them decides to go for the Presidency.
The picture the different political groups are painting is that of a divided house which is not good for the political image of the politicians
2, The APC is yet to zone the presidency and both men are strong party men. It will be detrimental for both of them if they go against the party's directives and contest for the Presidency.
Though both men have not spoken and taken a decision about their candidacy, the strong support base currently springing up across the country may send signals to the party that they are bent on contesting irrespective of the party's decision.
3, The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo is still the number two man having the President as his principal. It would amount to betrayal if the vice president is seeking to take over from his Boss without due consultation and political 'anointing'. The same goes for Asiwaju Tinubu who is the President's political friend.
If Tinubu or Osinbajo should aspire to contest, both of them must get the nod from President Buhari and this is yet to happen. Contesting without approval from the President may likely spell betrayal in the party.
The frequent political jamboree may also send signals to the Presidency that both men are on their way to take the President's job.
Now, these two politicians have never mentioned their interest in contesting for the presidency but their entire followers are about creating problems with the recent hypes and campaigns currently being thrown everywhere.
This position has even been supported by the special adviser to the president on political affairs, senator Babafemi Ojudu as he advised the different political camps to slow down and avoid pitching the two politicians against each other.
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