Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is reportedly in support of a move to draft the current President of the African Development Bank, (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, into the 2023 presidential race.
According to a competent source close to the former President, the move comes as Obasanjo reportedly failed to convince Governor Aminu Tambuwal, of Sokoto State and former Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, to work together in order to advance the political interest of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in the forthcoming presidential election.
Some political observers have pointed out that the former president, by his support for Adesina, has subtly sidelined former Lagos State governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whose ambition is more prominent in the South-West geo-political zone.
It was learnt that both Tambuwal and Kwankwaso are planning the possibility of running for the Presidency under the PDP come 2023 but Obasanjo had tried and failed to reconcile them ahead of the next political dispensation.
According to the source, it was the reconciliation of the two men that took the former leader to the Caliphate in Sokoto last week, while he was in the State to commission some projects completed by the State government.
However, Obasanjo’s push for the AfDB top brass might not fly, as intended as two former Heads of State, who he sold the idea to, are reported to have kicked against the move. They believe it would scupper the political arrangement, which favours Igbo Presidency and the Bola Ahmed Tinubu project.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have been divided on social media over Obasanjo’s move to support Adesina over Tinubu. While some think Obasanjo’s support is inconsequential politically, others say that Obasanjo and Tinubu cannot build the political gaps for the emergence of the South-West presidency.