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We have reliably learnt that the Vice President and aspirant for the APC Presidential ticket, Professor Yemi Osibanjo is considering stepping down from the presidential race and throwing his weight behind one of his rivals.
A source who is close to the Osibanjo team revealed to us that the VP had almost made up his mind on this because, after reviewing his chances at a competitive presidential primary, believes he stands no chance.
The Osibanjo team, it was gathered, after contemplating several other options, including pressing for an outright endorsement from President Muhammadu Buhari, decided to throw in the towel when that did not come.
“We agree at our meeting that the VP is more popular among ordinary Nigerians but lacks critical support among party leaders and stakeholders, ” the source said. “So, in order not to handover an easy victory to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the VP is considering quitting the race and supporting another aspirant but definitely not Asiwaju.”
When pressed on who the VP might support, the source wasn’t definitive but revealed that discussions were ongoing with a particular aspirant from the southwest.
“We are looking at a governor from the southwest. We also note the issue of inclusion, fairness and equity, so we are likely to support someone from the South who is a Christian”, he said.
This is breaking news and there will be more later.