Barely 24 hours after sending his government’s secretary to welcome Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu spent quality time with his political godfather and prominent All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Osinbajo was in Lagos on Monday but Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Femi Hamzat, snubbed him. The governor got himself busy at another event in Ikoyi while a joyous crowd welcomed Nigeria’s Number 2 Citizen to Isolo.
The snub has been linked to Osinbajo’s rumoured presidential ambition. The vice president will declare for office after APC’s March 26 national convention, Aso Rock sources have told The Realm News.
An eventual run for Osinbajo come 2023 will put him on a collision course with Tinubu whose presidential ambition is the worst kept secret in the history of keeping secrets.
Sanwo-Olu and his deputy simply refused to show up for Osinbajo and grant him ‘legitimacy’, observers say.
But the governor was in Lekki today where billionaire Aliko Dangote launched a $2.5 billion fertilizer plant, with President Muhammadu Buhari accorded the honour of commissioning the project.
Dangote, during his speech, referred to Tinubu as ‘The Asiwaju of Nigeria,’ sending the former Lagos governor’s loyalists into euphoria online.
With a successful presidential campaign costing, according to The Economist, at least N2 trillion, Dangote, the richest man in Africa, will play a key role in the 2023 presidential race, observers say. But the billionaire’s accolades on Tinubu is no political endorsement.
Reports had it that Tinubu, while serving as Lagos’s governor, initiated the Lekki free trade zone from which Dangote and other big businesses now benefit.