Ahead of the 2023 general election, the National Coalition Group (NCG), a pro-All Progressives Congress (APC) group, has given the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, a 30-day ultimatum to declare interest to run for the office of the President of Nigeria.
The APC-endorsed group in a letter addressed to the vice president, said given Osinbajo’s popularity amongst Nigerians and his understanding of the workings of political power in the past few years, the Professor of Law has the right of first refusal in the quest by the ruling party to remain in office beyond 2023.
The letter jointly signed by Fagbemi Opeyemi and Eli Eberechukwu Dibla, national chairman and national secretary of NCG respectively, the group warned against the danger of heading to the presidential election with an experimental candidate in the 2023 general election.
The letter reads in part: “2023 would be the first time the APC and entire Nigerians will be electing a new leader after the party completes two full term of eight years. You have the right of first refusal and our opinion poll and survey conducted in the last six months exemplified you as the best option for the APC to have a seamless victory come 2023.
“Our party All Progressive Congress(APC) can no longer experiment with who becomes Presidential candidate in 2023 election; Nigerians have spoken via our opinion poll survey, branding you the best option for the party and for Nigerians to sniff a fresh air.”
According to the group, “majority of Nigerians, monarchs, trade unions, students groups, Non-Governmental Organizations, NGOs, Civil Society Organizations, CSOs numbering over 149 groups,” are desirous of seeing Osinbajo fly the ticket of APC in 2023.
The letter further reads that “giving Prof. Osinbajo a chance to lead as President would attract a seamless victory for All Progressive Congress, enrich the system and would certainly be the best assurance of stability and progress for extant development objectives.”