An elder statesman and political adviser in the second Republic, Tanko Yakasai, says the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) might field Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo or Bola Tinubu, a national leader of APC, in 2023 because of the southwest played in last Presidential election.
Yakasai, who spoke with The Interview, said the region played a key role in President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election
On the possibility of the APC fielding a presidential candidate from the south-east in 2013, the elder statesman said the region will be sidelined for the south-west.
His words: “The current calculation is that the vice-president is from the Southwest. Clearly, there is an unwritten understanding that when Buhari finishes, the Vice President will likely be the next presidential candidate of the APC,” he said.
“The Vice President is a Yoruba man. Even if it is not Osinbajo, somebody from there, probably Tinubu, will likely emerge as the candidate of the party.
“And with the performance of the party in the southeast, I don’t see any possibility that the party will think of giving its candidacy to the southeast as against the support it earned from the southwest.
“Apart from voting, don’t forget that there were some material support which APC enjoyed from the Southwest,” he said.