Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal has asked Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo not to expect an automatic ticket in 2023 after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure.
Buhari won in his re-election bid. The campaign was replete with arguments that voters in the south should give Buhari another four years in order to create the earlier opportunity for the presidency to return to their region.
The debate repeatedly pitted members of the ruling All Progressives Congress from the Southeast against their counterparts from the Southwest.
APC leaders, Osita Okechukwu and Joe Igbokwe, have been amongst the most vocal voices in support of a Southeast presidency in 2023, while Mr Osinbajo and Babatunde Fasola have insisted the presidency would be going to the Southwest, with the vice-president being the favourite to clinch the party’s ticket.
But Mr Lawal, a long-time associate of Buhari, said the APC did not promise Mr Osinbajo its ticket for 2019, and no law compels the party to favour the vice-president.
“It is not in the constitution, so it is not a principle,” Mr Lawal said.
President Buhari would be sworn in for a second term on May 29, after which, according to political analysts, the battle to succeed him 2023 would commence.