Emerging report indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari may have shortlisted Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and Senate President, Ahmad Lawan as his preferred successor.
Recall that the President had during a meeting with governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) appealed to them to allow him pick his preferred successor ahead of the party’s presidential primaries on June 6.
Impeccable source within the presidency disclosed that Buhari is torn between the choice of Lawan and Osinbajo, following the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the PDP presidential candidate.
According to the source, a team of experts have already been assembled to look at the pros and cons of selecting Lawan or Osinbajo, with the view to giving President Buhari informed advice for the final decision to be made on his return from Spain by Friday.
The source stated that the President may have settled for the duo because of their contributions to the success of his administration.
According to the source, Osinbajo has strongly defended Buhari’s policies and projects, having played a lead role in its execution with the management of key initiatives central to the administration’s strategic imperatives.
The presidential source added that Lawan has also supported key legislation and helped support the President’s external borrowing policy.
The decision of the president is seen as a major setback to the aspiration of a former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who is also an APC aspirant in the race.