Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and other politicians from the South West who may have the intention to run for president in 2023 have been asked by a group, The Disciples of Jagaban, to step down for the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Although Osinbajo has not made a formal declaration for the plum job, several groups across the country have been urging him to throw his hat into the ring.
The DOJ, a pro-Tinubu group, on Wednesday said all politicians, particularly from the South West zone including the Vice President must forget their presidential ambition and support the former Lagos State Governor for the 2023 presidency.
A statement signed by the National Coordinator of DOJ, Abdulhakeem Alawuje, in Kaduna, noted that for the overall interest of Nigeria, presidential hopefuls should accept the superiority of Tinubu’s candidacy and support him to be the next president.
Alawuje said the former Lagos governor remained the ideal and most qualified politician in the entire country today, to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said, “A socio-political organisation, the Disciples of Jagaban, has called on all presidential hopefuls to, in the overall interest of Nigeria, accept the superiority of Tinubu’s candidacy and support him to become Nigeria’s president in 2023.
“With the zoning of the presidency to the South West, the Disciples of Jagaban is once again calling all presidential hopefuls in Nigeria, particularly from the same Southwest to accept the candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, since he towers above all other contestants.
‘’Tinubu is coming to serve us as Nigerians, and not as a boss to rule over us; he would positively lead us to the promised land.
‘’Retreat and surrender to a politician of note, DOJ urges the APC/PDP leaders, religious leaders, traditional leaders and the entire youths of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to support the best candidate.’’
The head of the DOJ also called on the youth as well as all Nigerians to support the candidacy of Tinubu for the nation’s number one seat.
‘’Our youths should, therefore realise that just as a brilliant First Class student cannot be the Vice-Chancellor of a University, it similarly takes time to grow from being a youth to an experienced and a mature man.
‘’Fellow Nigerians, this is not just a campaign for Tinubu, it is an appeal to all Nigerians, irrespective of our ethnicity and religion, to come together to give Tinubu all the desired support he needs to rescue the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the President,’’ he added.