Following the alleged rift between Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, has asked Osinbajo to resign his office.
In a statement signed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President General and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, Secretary General, on Saturday, Ohanaeze Ndigbo noted:
“VP Osibanjo should listen to the wisdom of his people, Afenifere and respectfully resign as Vice President and concentrate on his pastoral evangelism which is bigger than Vice President of Nigeria.”
“OYC is confidence that power will definitely shift to the South, and urges Atiku never to yield to Pressure to battle for 2023 PDP ticket as he should show maturity and reciprocate the gesture of Igbo in 2019 by supporting a Nigerian President of Igbo stock 2023.”
“PDP and APC should zone their tickets to the South in 2023, as a way of respecting the principle of rotational Presidency which is the best ingredient that will stabilize the Unity of the country and deepen our Democracy.
“Any further attempt to thwart this gentleman agreement will further fuel distrustful enmity and agitation of marginalization. As for equity and Justice to reign, South East will definitely be the only zone to be favoured for 2023 Presidency.”
“Igbo Youths lauds all the statesmen who had lent credence to this rightful clamour for a Nigerian President of Igbo stock. Mallam Balarabe Musa was right when he said “All of us should go to the South East and search for a man on the same equal Pedigree like the Great Zik of Africa”.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide assures Nigerians that a New Nnamdi Azikwe is currently with us. “We will surely present the New Zik of Africa at the right time to Nigerians before 2021 December.”
They added that Osibanjo is a good man but is unlikely to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, unlike President Goodluck Jonathan, where Jonathan emerged as President after Yaradua.”
“This act would unlikely not repeat itself as President Muhammadu Buhari is destined to hand over to the South but not definitely VP Osibanjo, because of the fear that Osibanjo would implement the 2014 Constitutional Conference report and policies that will dwarf Buhari’s main agenda.”
Meanwhile, the Yoruba Council of Elders has advised Vice President Yemi Osinbajo against resigning his position because of the alleged war against him by a cabal in the Presidency.
The Secretary General of the YCE, Dr Kunle Olajide, said this in an interview with newsmen in Lagos on Friday.
Olajide said it was obvious that some persons were “seriously” working against the Vice President, saying the 2023 presidential ambition of some of Osinbajo’s persecutors was the reason for doing this.
The YCE scribe said, “We know like other Nigerians that there are enough signs that some people are working against Osinbajo but who the people are, I don’t know.
“It is obvious that some people are working against him and unfortunately, it appears as if Mr President is dancing to their tune.
“I will urge Mr President to remember the Vice President’s loyalty to him in the past four years, especially when he was out of the country for three months and refused to allow unguarded ambition to push him.”
Olajide said the elders’ council did not support the advice given by some people to Osinbajo to resign his position.
“President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hold the ticket together. Both of them were elected on a joint ticket, so Osinbajo should not resign,” he said.
He urged the Vice President to remain loyal to the President and serve the country “patriotically.”
He said, “Osinbajo should remain god-fearing and people-centred in his activities and in the end, he will be vindicated.
“No matter the motivation of some 2023 presidential aspirants against him, he should remain steadfast in what he is doing in the past four years that are acceptable to Nigerians and to God.”
Meanwhile, the Presidency on Friday admitted that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the sacking of some aides to Osinbajo.
It came after days of silence from the President’s office and barely 24 hours after the VP’s aide denied that any Osinbajo aide was sacked.
The Presidency stated that the aides were sacked as part of the ongoing overhauling in the seat of government to cut costs.