South-West leaders, especially traditional rulers, are alleged to be urging Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to step aside for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as horse-trading to reduce the number of All Progressives Congress, APC presidential hopefuls continues.
On the other hand, there are efforts on to persuade Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi to resign in favor of Osinbajo.
Three of the five aspirants recommended by the APC northern governors and the National Working Committee NWC are from the South-West (Tinubu, Osinbajo, and Fayemi). Governor Dave Umahi is from the South-East, whereas Chief Rotimi Amaechi is from the South-South.
Fayemi, the current chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), is alleged to be relying on his brother governors for support.
However, a number of governors who are vying for the vice presidential position appear to be backing Tinubu, with a handful backing Osinbajo.
According to sources, the leaders of the South-West want one candidate from the region, which is why Osinbajo and Fayemi are being pressured to resign.
“A lot of meetings are going on,” a prominent party leader told reporters. If the meetings produce results, only two candidates will remain, and the primaries will be over quickly.”
Sources close Tinubu said the former Lagos Governor is not entertaining any call on him to step down.
“If there is going to be a consensus, he said he is the consensus candidate otherwise let’s go for primaries,” a member of the Tinubu Campaign told newsmen.