Osinbajo, Amaechi, and 20 other APC presidential hopefuls will convene in Abuja next week to discuss a winning strategy for 2023.
Vice President Osinbajo,former Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, and 20 other candidates will debate once more on August 31 in Abuja, three months after they squared off in the primary for the All Progressives Congress presidential ticket that ultimately produced Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as flagbearer.
The news follows Tinubu’s alleged liaison with Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, which made headlines when the two met in London two days ago.
Following weeks of rumors and covert actions, the apparent alliance between the two is coming to light.
Wike had attended the meeting with his allies including Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde; Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State; Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, and former Cross River State Governor, Donald Duke, among others.
Tinubu, who had come under heavy criticism over his preference for a Muslim-Muslim ticket, is seeking to bolster his chances at the February 28 presidential poll by luring Wike to his camp.
His choice of Shettima has created mixed feelings in the camp of the APC with several former aspirants and party chieftains feeling left out of his campaign plan.
A statement issued on Thursday by the media team of APC’s youngest aspirant, Dr. Nicolas Felix, disclosed that virtually all the aspirants who participated in the last presidential convention would converge in Abuja next week.
The statement partly read, “The special invitation to the strategic meeting of all 2023 APC presidential aspirants, which will be held at Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, on Wednesday, August 31st, 2022 by 2 pm is to brainstorm on adopting winning campaign strategies that will carry every Nigerian along and address the challenges bedeviling our country.”
Among those expected to be in attendance are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; former Science and Technology Minister, Ogbonnaya Onu; former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba and former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.
Five current governors would also be present: Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Ben Ayade (Cross River), and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti).
Other notable figures include the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, the former governor of Ogun State and current senator, Ibikunle Amosun, the current senator, Ajayi Boroffice, the former governor of Zamfara, Ahmad Sani, the former governor of Imo State and current senator, Rochas Okorocha, the former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, the fiery cleric Tunde Bakare
The APC Presidential primary, which took place at Eagle Square from June 7 to 10, was the candidates’ most recent appearance together.