One of the groups supporting the calls for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to contest the 2023 presidential election has said they remain unruffled by the decision of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to throw his hat in the ring for the 2023 presidency.
The chairman of the Public Opinion Leaders Group, a unit of The Progressive Project (TPP), one of the groups rooting for Osinbajo presidency in 2023, Shettima Umar Abba Gana said it is the beauty of democracy for many aspirants to show interest in a position.
He however added that they won’t be shelving their calls for Osinbajo to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 just because Tinubu has also declared his intention.
Speaking further, Gana disclosed that though Osinbajo has not commissioned them to campaign for him neither has he openly declared interest in the race, the Vice President is their choice to become the next leader of the country and every other person has the right to support his/her preferred candidate as well.
He said: “What is happening is democracy, he (Bola Tinubu) wants to run, we want our own man (Osinbajo) to run. That is the beauty of democracy; we want our man to come out because we believe he has some good qualities.
“Bola Tinubu also has some qualities, let them all come out; democracy cannot be only one aspirant let them all come out that is democracy.
“Osinbajo did not tell us to come out and campaign for him. We came together on our own and want him to come out and contest and we’re hoping that he’ll come out because he is a very good candidate.
“In a democracy, everybody has his own opinion, his own wish and his own vote. Let them come out and let us go to the field. “Ours is that this man is good, let him come out and we’ll support him. What we’re doing has nothing to do with Bola Tinubu coming out or not, let him come out and let everyone that wants come out. It’s a democracy that is not a problem”.
His reaction follows an earlier report by Newspot on Monday that the National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu has informed President Buhari of his decision to contest the 2023 presidency.
The former Lagos State Governor made his mind known when he visited the President at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.