2019: Osinbajo's Position As VP Is Under Threat - Buhari
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari has hinted that the position of his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, may have become uncertain.
Buhari made this known on Friday at the State House in Abuj when he received a delegation of the Conference of Nigerian Female Parliamentarians.
Responding to the demand of the group for a female vice president of the country, Buhari joked;
"It is a pity the VP is not here, but I believe the Secretary to the Government of the Federation will brief him that his position is threatened."
"It is only the vice president who is threatened. And if we win the next election, he may lose his election."
Buhari, who expressed his appreciation to the women for the support they have given to him in the four times he ran for president, said he is not as powerful as they think.
He recalled how pregnant women queued to vote for him, asking them to extend the same support for his second term.
On their request that he should make a pronouncement that out of every three Senatorial seats in the state, one slot should be ceded to a woman and out of every nine slots in the House of Representatives, at least three should be given to women, the President said that is beyond his powers.
Buhari said he lacked the powers to make such pronouncement and that the request could only be made by a military head of state, but, he had already dropped the uniform for “agbada”.
He said, “I am not all that powerful that when I talk it becomes a decree. As I said it is only the Vice President that is threatened,” he said.
Buhari allayed the fears of the women that the men were already regrouping to suppress and marginalize them in the forthcoming elections, saying that there was no such plot.
He further told the lawmakers that they were fairly treated, adding that if there is a plot against them many of them would have not been elected.
Buhari asked the delegation to disabuse the minds of other female politicians from their belief that men are aggressive.
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