The alleged plot to unseat Vice President Yemi Osinbajo continues to thicken with each passing day. Fresh reports have emerged that the alleged Northern Cabals do not consider VP Osinbajo a true ally of President Buhari because of his loyalty to APC Chieftain, Bola Tinubu, hence, contenders such as Fashola, the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing and Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state are the political top guns considered to take over as Vice-President of Nigeria.
The VP who has been roped into different political controversies in the past weeks from disbandment of Economic Management Team which he chaired, to the N90 billion alleged FIRS scam, may be forced out of Aso Rock in the long run. As these are all political gimmicks with an endgame, that will most likely have Osinbajo get unseated as Vice President.
A credible source in the Presidency, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to Daily Independent disclosed that, the alleged Cabals are not comfortable with having Tinubu’s right hand man as No 2 in Nigeria, they would rather have someone who is a true,tested and trusted ally as Vice-President. The cabals who still consider South West zone as the primary zone to produce the No 2, are considering Minister Fashola and Governor Fayemi of Ekiti state.
Buhari is said to harbour a special kind of admiration and respect for Babatunde Fashola, so much that Buhari wanted him as running mate in 2015 but Religious barrier would have been a major obstacle as they are both Muslims. This was why Buhari entrusted him with the three most important ministries in Nigeria during his first tenure. Fashola was the Minister of Works, Power and Housing. He had all three important portfolios to himself.
“The President is also very comfortable with Fashola and would have picked him as his running mate in 2015 but for the outcry against a Muslim-Muslim ticket which also jeopardised Tinubu’s chances.
“If you remember, that was why the president appointed Fashola as the Minister of Power, Works and Housing in 2015, making him the most important minister in his cabinet or super-minister as many called it. said the source to Daily Independent.
Governor Kayode Fayemi is also a very possible candidate that could emerge as Vice-President following the key role he played as Chairman of the Presidential Convention Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which was responsible for producing President Buhari as the Presidential flag bearer of the party in the party’s 2015 Primary elections.
Fayemi was so loved by Buhari that he was appointed the Minister of Solid Minerals Development until he resigned on May 30 ,2018, to contest in the Ekiti state governorship election.
Now that the Northern Cabal still wants the South West to retain the position of Nigeria’s No 2, Fayemi and Fashola are the main contenders, being considered.