Former Secretary to Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal, has asked Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo not to expect preferential treatment on the question of who will succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Mr Buhari secured a second term last last month. The campaign was replete with arguments that voters in the south should give Mr Buhari another four years in order to create the earlier opportunity for the presidency to return to their region.
The debate repeatedly pitted members of the ruling All Progressives Congress from the Southeast against their counterparts from the Southwest.
APC leaders, Osita Okechukwu and Joe Igbokwe, had been in the forefront for the campaign for the support a Southeast presidency in 2023, while Mr Osinbajo and Babatunde Fasola have insisted the presidency would be going to the Southwest, with the vice-president being the favourite to clinch the party’s ticket.
But Mr Lawal, a long-time associate of Mr Buhari, said the APC did not promise Mr Osinbajo its ticket for 2019, and no law compels the party to favour the vice-president.