Presidency 2023: Amosun To Declare Ambition May 5 Amid Slippery Home Base, Other Challenges - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, April 28, 2022

Presidency 2023: Amosun To Declare Ambition May 5 Amid Slippery Home Base, Other Challenges


The Daily Crucible | Thursday, April 28, 2022

Former governor Ibikunle Amosun has declared his intention to run for the Presidential office of the country, ostensibly to succeed his long time political ally and friend, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Amosun announced his intention at the floor of the Senate chamber on Wednesday amid slippery political terrain at home.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator representing Ogun Central will formally declare his presidential ambition May 5.

Already, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had declared his presidential ambition on April 11. Osinbajo hails from Ogun State.

He was in Ogun State on Tuesday this week where in separate meetings, he met with governor Dapo Abiodun, APC leaders and deligates as well as the Akarigbo of Remoland Oba Babatunde Ajayi and Remo chiefs, the Alake of Egbaland Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and Egba chiefs and later met with the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle and his chiefs.

The people believably have assured of supporting the ambition of the Vice President.

The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo in particular, attested to the competence of Osinbajo, saying: "the vice president has paid his dues and is eminently qualified to succeed as President.  

"I want to pray that you will come back to this Palace as a President and Nigeria will be gain tremendously under your watch," Alake said.

Also, Dapo Abiodun declared that the state would support the presidential ambition of Professor Yemi Osinbajo to enable him continue with some of the laudable projects of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

And pastor Tunde Bakare who paired with Muhammadu Buhari in 2011 on the platform of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) is said to have an ambition to contest for the APC presidential ticket ahead of 2023 general elections. He too hails from Ogun State. Also, former Speaker of House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, is also rumoured to declare his presidential ambition soon.

With Amosun joining the fray, Ogun appears to have a cluster of aspirants on the platform of APC and this pushes their chances, especially that of Amosun to the pheriphery of the game and possibly gives him away as a pretender.

At home in Ogun State and Southwest, he seemed to be already politically disadvantaged when placed side by side with other aspirants from Ogun and Southwest.

Given the outcome of the party primaries in the state, the rein of control of the party structure - nay the delegates, rest on the palm of governor Dapo Abiodun, who had already declared his support for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. 

The question is: where are the delegates or Amosun's support base in the state? Chances are that 75 % of the Ogun votes will  go to the Vice President. And it will also be a political naivety to rule out the possiblity of APC National leader and a frontline contender, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, of garnering some votes from Ogun State delegates.

Amosun stands no chance in Lagos State,  and Osun. Oyo delegates may split votes across all aspirants from Southwest. If governor Kayode Fayemi is running as being speculated, it means Ekiti State will not go to the Senator. Ondo may go to Fayemi. Where does Amosun strength lies? Is it outside Southwest geopolitical zone? Quite unlikely. 

Unless he is the preferred candidate of Muhammadu Buhari. On his own strength, the former governor does not have the much needed political weight to command ground swell support in Southeast, SouthSouth, North Central, North East and Northwest of the country.

Many have not forgiven or forgotten the alleged role he was accused of playing regarding the positioning of people suspected to be hirelings and political thugs inside the MKO Abiola International Stadium Abeokuta who hurled stones at guests, APC leaders, including President Buhari and party members during the build up to the 2019 general election.
However, certain things are predictable about him. He is audacious, dogged, brave, determined and rugged when pursuing any political dream. 

And while announcing his ambition to his colleagues and seeking their prayers on Tuesday for a successful declaration ceremony slated for May 5 as well as for victory at the party primaries and the 2023 presidential election, Amosun banked on his experience as one of the motivating factors for joining the race.

He said his varied experience in private and public life had imbued him with requisite insights, experiences and network of relationships adequate to provide a leadership that would galvanize the country to achieve her manifest destiny as leader in Africa and of the black race.

He said: "It is with the greatest respect that I write to notify you and my Distinguished Colleagues of my intention to contest for the Office of President of our dear country, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to respectfully invite you and my Distinguished Colleagues to the formal declaration ceremony.   

"I have been blessed by God to serve as Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between 2003 and 2007 and as a two-term Governor of Ogun State between 2011 and 2019. I have also had the privilege to be elected a second time to the Senate of the Federal Republic in 2019 where I currently serve the good people of Ogun Central Senatorial District.

"My varied experience in private and public life has imbued me with requisite insights, experiences and network of relationships adequate to provide a leadership that will galvanize our dear country to achieve her manifest destiny as leader in Africa and of the black race."

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