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Nigeria 2023: Will Tinubu step down for Osinbajo again?

By Akin Irede
Posted on Monday, 1 November 2021 09:01

Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (left) and APC leader Bola Tinubu

The struggle to succeed Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 could prove as the biggest test of loyalty between Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and his mentor, Bola Tinubu

“Who is Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate?” one columnist asked on 17 December 2014, shortly after Buhari revealed the little known cleric as his running mate ahead of the 2015 presidential election. “Is his surname spelt ‘Osinbajo’, ‘Osibajo’ or ‘Oshinbajo’ because several newspapers are spelling it differently”.

Although Osinbajo was a senior pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God – one of the largest churches in the country – he was largely unknown outside Lagos. Introducing him to a large crowd of supporters at a campaign rally in Owerri on January 14, 2015, Buhari introduced him as ‘Prof. Yemi Osunbade’, clear evidence that he really did not know who would be accompanying him to Aso Villa as his deputy.