The Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo said that the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election would guarantee South-West Presidency in 2023.

But as expected, the statement has attracted reactions from various groups.

The pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Sunday faulted the statement.

Osinbajo, who on Saturday went on a house-to-house campaign in Oyo, Oyo State, and held a 45-minute closed-door meeting with the Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, said the 2019 presidential election mattered to the Yoruba people of the South-West because the geopolitical zone had a larger interest in 2023.

But Afenifere’s spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, wondered what the Yoruba people had gained since Osinbajo became Vice-President.

He noted that Osinbajo had so far opposed all the things that were dear to the Yoruba people, including restructuring.

Odumakin said, “In the four years that he (Osinbajo) has been vice-president, what has he done for the Yoruba people?

“All the things that are dear to the Yoruba, he has opposed including restructuring; he has sided with the oppressors of the Yoruba people.

“When they killed the Yoruba evangelist of the Redeemed Christian Church of God under his nose in Abuja as vice-president, did he say a word? But because he wants to contest election in 2023 — himself, (Asiwaju Bola) Tinubu and (Babatunde) Fashola are fighting for election — he now remembers that he’s a Yoruba man and he wants to come and spread division among us."

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But Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Sunday said Nigeria would continue to wallow in “abject socio-political, economic and developmental blindness until an Igbo man becomes the President.”

It said anything done in Nigeria without the active cooperation and participation of the lgbo would always crumble.

The spokesman for the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Uche Achi-Okpaga, said this while reacting to a statement by Osinbajo that the South-West would produce the President in 2023 after President Buhari.

“Take my word today, until an Igbo man leads, Nigeria will continue to wallow in abject socio-political, economic and developmental blindness. The late Prof Dora Akunyili was brought in and she did justice to NAFDAC’s perennial, protracted and seemingly intractable impasse."

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