5th May, 2022
Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has picked his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to contest the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The development was confirmed by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, on Thursday in a series of tweets.
Akande said the forms were collected by representatives of Osinbajo’s support groups.
“A passionate team of support groups and individual Nigerians from across the country have raised funds to support the purchase of APC nomination forms for the Vice President’s 2023 presidential bid.”
“Today, the forms have been collected by representatives of the team just as the VP continues his interactions with APC stakeholders across the states.
“Today, he is in Cross River and Bayelsa states. It’s all about the desire and resolve of the VP to serve the people of Nigeria with all his heart, experience and insights,” Akande tweeted.
The APC expression of interest and nomination forms cost N100 million.
In the APC, at least 15 southerners are already in the race.
They are Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River, former Governor Rochas Okorocha, ex-Governor Adams Oshiomhole, APC stalwart, Bola Tinubu, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajuiba and a former Senate President, Ken Nnamani.
Others from the South contesting on the platform of the APC include the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, former Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and influential Pastor, Tunde Bakare.