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Nigeria 2023: VP Yemi Osinbajo announces candidacy; Tinubu challenge looms

By Akin Irede

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Posted on April 8, 2022 15:26

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo © Nigeria’s vice-president Yemi Osinbajo (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)
Nigeria’s vice-president Yemi Osinbajo (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

After weeks of denial and leaks, Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has announced his candidacy for the presidential race. But the ambition of his political benefactor, Bola Tinubu, continues to complicate his path.

In a polished video posted to social media, Osinbajo connected his presidential run to the outgoing president Buhari. The pitch attempts to ground Osinbajo’s experience in leading Nigeria through some of “the most difficult times in the history of our nation”.

Osinbajo, in his pitch talks about the ‘listening’ trips he has taken around the country – from oil communities Delta to refugee camps the North East – will be banking on the national exposure he gained in the last seven years as Vice-President.

“I’m convinced beyond doubt that we have the creativity, the courage, the talent and the resources, to be the foremost black nation on earth”, says Osinbajo.

The Tinubu Challenge

With President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure coming to an end, Osinbajo is being primed as a successor who can hit the ground running from day one having been part of the Buhari administration.

A survey by Osinbajo’s

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