The spokesperson of APC, Abdulahi Bolaji said in interview with Punch yesterday that only President Buhari can determine if he wants Osinbajo as a running mate in 2019. Indeed, there is absolutely no harm in having another Vice for his possible tenure in 2019, but can Buhari’s second term bid fly without Osinbajo in it?
You would agree that the popular opinion of many on Buhari’s 2015 victory was centered around claims that he won the election because he had the support of the numerous RCCG members who rooted for their pastor and Buhari’s running mate, Osinbajo. Consequently, taking Osinbajo out of the equation in 2019, would religion be a reason for Buhari’s loss?
From the northern part of Nigeria, there is a standing disparity as regards Buhari’s second term bid. As much as some of the northern Governors want him to run for as second term, many others have presented his failed leaderships as a major reason he shouldn’t go for a second term. Hence hoping that the West and East would merge their support on one candidate, can Buhari count on Osinbajo’s ethnicity to gain Victory in 2019?
Looking back at Buhari’s 103 days in a London hospital last year, you would recall how Osinbajo showed great leadership skills in managing the affairs of the nation even in the absence of the president. Remarkable was the temporal stability in the flow of Naira such that it reflected in the temporal reduced rate of Dollars to the Naira. Thus, with 2019 in view, presenting Buhari’s failing health and possibly another long medical leave, do you think Buhari would find a Vice who can handle the affairs of the nation as Osinbajo did during his tenure?