Joe Igbokwe, a special advisor on drainage for Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, claimed that if the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had received the party’s nomination to run in the election, the incumbent All Progressives Congress would have lost to Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party on February 25, 2023.
Following the assertion by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the former Emir of Kano, that Nigeria would be worse off if Osinbajo had been president, Igbokwe made the aforementioned remark.
Recall that Osinbajo had in May 2022, contested against the President-elect, Bola Tinubu; former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and others for the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential ticket.
Sanusi, who spoke at the virtual launch of a book: “Osinbajo Strides: Defining Moments of an Innovative Leader,” had expressed hope that Osinbajo may still lead the country subsequently.
But, Igbokwe, in a statement on his Facebook page on Wednesday, took a swipe at the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria.
Igbokwe asserts that if Osinbajo had won the nomination, the ruling party would have lost the February 25 presidential election to Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He wrote, “Enemies of APC are talking. If Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu had not been on the ballot, APC would have lost to Atiku’s PDP by 12 noon on that day.”