National President of Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, Yerima Shettima has charged President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice Yemi Osinbajo to come out openly and say if they are holding grudges against the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
With barely weeks to the 2023 presidential election, Shettima is not pleased that “this time around, the President and the Vice President are sitting on the fence, even the governors are not sincere.”
Recall that Osinbajo has been conspicously absent at Tinubu’s presidential campaigns so far, unlike President Muhammadu Buhari, who had made lack-lustre appearances on about two occassions.
Osinbajo’s relationship with his so-called mentor, Tinubu had suffered after the former decided to contest the APC presidential primaries in 2022.
Tinubu supporters were not amused; they had expected the Vice President to back his political godfather’s bid for president.
During the APC primaries, some supporters of Tinubu had called Osinbajo a betrayer and Judas, for daring to stand against the former governor of Lagos State.
One of such supporters, Tolu Babaleye had said: “This is the week that Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus Christ in the Christian calendar. Same week Osinbajo betrayed Tinubu. Same week is not a mere coincidence. May God be with Tinubu in Pilates’ Court.”
But talking to Daily Post on Osinbajo’s absence, the AYCF President, Shettima, said Tinubu does not deserve the kind of treatment he gets from President Muhammadu Buhari and Osinbajo.
Shettima accused Osinbajo of holding grudges against Tinubu since his defeat at the APC presidential primary election.
He said Buhari and Osinbajo should come out boldly if they are against Tinubu.
Shettima said, “It’s very unfortunate that in recent times things have not been going well; however, Tinubu does not deserve what he’s getting from Osinbajo and Buhari; no matter how bad it is, he has paid his dues and has stood by them. He deserves better than the support they are giving to him.
“If they are truly with him, they should demonstrate it; if they are not, then they should openly come out and say so. When Obasanjo was in power, in 2006, we could see his body language on how he worked day and night to stand by Yar’ Adua.
“He had gone out of his way to campaign for the presidential candidate. Even in the absence of the presidential candidate, Obasanjo was moving around campaigning because he was willing to ensure that his successor came into power.
“This time around, the President and the Vice President are sitting on the fence, even the governors are not sincere.
“Some of these APC governors are not sincere, that is why it would be difficult for the APC presidential candidate, Tinubu, to rely on these governors, they may disappoint him because theirs is to negotiate even with the opposition. He should go down, liaise and be discussing with Nigerians, CSOs, and organisations and not rely on governors.
“Tinubu has less than five governors with him, the others are just supportive. The earlier he moves and changes strategy, the better for him.
“His running mate, Shettima should move and do better than he’s doing in the Northern part of this country; people are not feeling his impact. The 2023 election has gone beyond propaganda.
“There is a crack in the APC because Osinbajo has never campaigned, he has never gone anywhere. He still holds grudges; power is given and taken by God. If truly he’s a man of God, he should have known that what is not yours can never be yours. If it’s not part of his destiny, it can never be his.
“That was how God wanted it, there is no reason to hold any grudges. Look at what Amaechi, Osinbajo, and others are doing; it tells you there is a crack in the APC.
“I’m calling on Tinubu to rise up to the occasion and not to over-rely on those governors.
“He should get down to the people within this short period and see what will happen. If he’s relying on governors, he will be shocked at what will happen. He should change strategy and method by ensuring all his followers are on their feet. For Osinbajo, he has shown that he’s not with Tinubu.”