Vice President Yemi Osinbajo could be the next president, a leading Northern politician Alhaji Tanko Yakasai has said.
Yakasai told The Interview in Kano yesterday that, “There may be an unwritten understanding that when President Muhammadu Buhari finishes, the Vice President will likely be the next presidential candidate of the APC.”
Although Yakasai made a similar comment casually days before the February presidential election, he seemed almost certain now that the torch will pass to the South West, saying, “If it’s not Osinbajo, then somebody from there, probably (Bola Ahmed) Tinubu will likely emerge as the candidate of the APC.”
He added: “I don’t see any possibility that the party will think of giving its candidacy to the South East, against the support it got from the South West. Apart from the votes, don’t forget that APC also enjoyed material support from the South West.”
Although the convener of Save Nigeria and Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, said immediately after Buhari’s re-election that he would make the bid to succeed him, the name of the APC National Leader, Tinubu has also come up strongly.
Yakasai also spoke on why he opposed Buhari’s re-election and named a minister he said he was sure would not be re-appointed.
On the leadership of the 9th Senate, he said the APC was on the verge of repeating its past mistake.