An elder statesman and former Special Assistant to the President in the second Republic Tanko Yakasai says the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) might select Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo or Bola Tinubu, a national leader of APC, as its presidential candidate for the 2023 election.
Speaking with The Interview, Yakasai said Osinbajo and Tinubu’s region, southwest, played a key role Buhari’s reelection in 2019.
On the possibility of the APC fielding a presidential candidate from the south-east in 2013, Yakasai said the region would be sidelined for the south-west.
“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.
“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.”
Defending his choice of Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the recently-held elections, the elder statesman said he supported Atiku because of his experience in governance and business.
Yakasai was asked: “You supported former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the PDP at the just concluded election. Do you believe the eventual winner, Muhammadu Buhari, won fair and square?”
He replied: “No, I do not. Quite alright, I supported Atiku because I don’t believe that Buhari has the capacity and the competence to handle the Nigerian problem.”
On the issue of the leadership of the 9th senate, Yakasai said it would not favour the APC to insist on Ahmed Lawan.
Lawan, the senate majority leader, has been given the blessings of the APC to succeed Bukola Saraki as the leader of the red chamber.
Yakasai said he expected the ruling party to have learned from its mistakes.
He argued that the lawmakers should be allowed to choose who will lead them, and not a person imposed on them.