President Buhari’s choice for the 2023 presidency has finally been revealed, not Tinubu or Osinbajo.
As the 2023 election in Nigeria, West Africa, approaches, all manner of conjectures, intrigues, dynamics, and dealings are taking center stage as politicians from the two most popular political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party, and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), seek to outsmart one another in their bid to realise their ambitions.
This reputable online news platform gathered that the presidency is one of the public offices that has been the subject of public debate in Nigeria, with many citizens showing keen interest in who will succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, who is expected to step down after the 2023 election.
A few people have publicly expressed interest in the presidency, the most prominent of whom is Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos state, Nigeria’s commercial capital, who recently informed President Buhari of his decision to run in the 2023 presidential election.
Some speculate that the nation’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Tinubu’s protégé, is also eyeing the presidency, though the professor of law’s “body language” has yet to reveal anything.
What has kept Nigerians on pins and needles, particularly the politically aware, is who the “two-term democratically elected corruption-fighting Nigerian President” will support, knowing that the President’s support for any aspirant for the much-anticipated 2023 presidential election in the West African country is a recipe for immediate victory.
So who is Buhari top choice for 2023 presidency?
Many Nigerians are now wondering who Buhari’s choice for the presidency in 2023 is. Fresh details on who the president will be drumming up support for in the 2023 presidential election have emerged, according to this online news platform.
Buhari has revealed the identity of the person he wants to succeed him in 2023, according to Farooq Kperogi, Buhari’s top critic and a journalism professor at Kennesaw State University.
President Buhari has told the Aso Rock cabal that he prefers former Bayelsa state governor and current minister of state for petroleum, Timipre Sylva, to succeed him, according to the journalism professor.
According to Kperogi, President Buhari chose Sylva, the minister of state for Petroleum in his government, because his first choice of successor, former President Goodluck Jonathan, was barred from running due to legal constraints.
“After realizing that Jonathan could not legally run for president again, Buhari told the Aso Rock cabal that he wants Timipre Sylva, the former governor of Bayelsa State and current minister of state for petroleum, to succeed him.” He still prefers it that way.” Kperogi expressed his opinion.
More revelations came from the journalism professor, who claimed that President Buhari’s choice of Jonathan and then Sylva as his successor perplexed and appalled the Aso Rock cabal.
“The cabal played along for a while (knowing Buhari’s well-known cognitive impairments and imperviousness to reason) before reminding him that in June 2018, he’d signed into law a “Constitution Alteration Bill Number 16″ that makes it unconstitutional for vice presidents and deputy governors who complete the first terms of deceased or impeached and removed presidents and governors to run for election twice.” On Friday, Kperogi wrote a blog post about it.
“That law effectively prohibits Jonathan from seeking re-election to the presidency.” In fact, it was sparked by his 2015 presidential run, which he made after finishing Umar Musa Yar’adua’s first term AND running for and winning a second term in 2011.
President Buhari has made it clear that he does not want anything to do with Tinubu or Osinbajo as his successor, according to Kperogi. Instead, he prefers Sylva.
“He has made it clear that he does not want Tinubu or Osinbajo to succeed him.” “It’s anyone’s guess whether that insistence will have any bearing on Tinubu and Osinbajo’s electoral fortunes in the APC primaries,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Buhari’s choice of Sylva as his preferred successor ahead of the 2023 election raises serious doubts about his own much-touted integrity and uprightness, given credible allegations of multi-billion-naira corruption hanging over Sylva’s neck.
In 2013, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seized 48 houses Sylva “corruptly acquired,” which it later returned to him in 2016, months after he defected to the APC and later became a minister serving under Buhari’s “anti-corruption” administration.