South-West leaders, including traditional rulers, are said to be pressuring Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to step down for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as horse-trading to reduce the number of All Progressives Congress, APC presidential aspirants continues NewsReport gathered.
On the other hand, there are efforts on to persuade Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi to resign in favor of Osinbajo.
This online information learnd that among the five aspirants recommended by APC northern governors and the National Working Committee NWC, three (Tinubu, Osinbajo and Fayemi) are from the South-West. Chief Rotimi Amaechi is from the South-South while Governor Dave Umahi is from the South-East.
Fayemi, the current chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, is said to be banking on the support of his brother governors.
However, a number of the governors, who are already eyeing the vice presidential slot are seen to be supporting Tinubu, and a few for Osinbajo.
Sources said the South-West leaders want one candidate from the zone hence the pressure on Osinbajo and Fayemi to step down.
According to the information that reach NewsReport as of 4.40 pm, the special Convention was yet to start.
A top party leader told Vanguard: “A lot of meetings are going on. If the meetings yield result only two aspirants will remain and the primaries will not take long to conclude.”
“If there is going to be a consensus, he said he is the consensus candidate otherwise let’s go for primaries,” a member of the Tinubu Campaign told Vanguard.