Elder statesman and ex-political adviser of the second republic, Tanko Yakassai, has revealed that the All Progressive Congress, APC, plans to handover power to the south-west region come 2023 presidential elections.
Tanko who supported Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the recently concluded Presidential election made this known in during a media briefing with The Interview.
Tanko said that there is an undocumented understanding between the that when President Muhammadu Buhari ends his second term, his vice president, Yemi Osinbajo or APC’s national leader, Bola Tinubu will likely be the next presidential candidate of the party.
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In his words:
“The current calculation is that the vice-president is from the south west. Clearly, there is an unwritten understanding that when Buhari finishes, the vice president will likely be the next presidential candidate of the APC.
“The vice president is a Yoruba man. Even if it is not Osinbajo, somebody from there, probably Tinubu, will likely emerge as the candidate of the party.
He further stated that the reason he is convinced that things will tow that part is because the All Progressive Congress got enormous votes and support from the South-West region as compared to the South-East, and that the party also got material support.
When asked on his take in the presidential election, the elder statesman said that he doesn’t believe that President Muhammadu Buhari won the February 23 election. He justified his support for Atiku by stating that he does not believe that Buhari has the capacity and the competence to handle the Nigerian problem.