By Mary Bassey
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Mr. Philip Obin, an aide to Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said the declaration of his principal to contest for the position of President, does not put a strain on his relationship with former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Mr. Tinubu is said to have been influential in the rise of Mr. Osinbajo in the political terrain and had since declared his intention to contest on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
And, Mr. Obin told CrossRiverWatch in an interview, on the sidelines of a solidarity march for the Vice President, Monday in Calabar after the Vice President had declared his ambition that the duo will definitely discuss it.
Also, he expressed confidence that Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, who is rumored to be nursing a presidential ambition, will support Prof. Osinbajo.
“Governor Ben Ayade is very close to the Vice President. They often communicate, and the Vice President has consulted him. Governor Ayade has also spoken with him personally, and he has said that if the Vice-President picks the ticket he is going to support him with everything he has.”
On his relationship with Mr. Tinubu Obin maintained that the duo shares a “very cordial and mutually beneficial relationship,” adding that in the end, “both parties will work together.”
The Biase-born politician said the APC still has a lot of work to do in Cross River, where it is considered a relatively new party. However, he said all hands are on the table to ensure the message reaches even those who can’t read and write.
He added that the adoption of technology for the 2023 polls is a welcome development that will transform elections and electioneering in the country and will improve the whole electoral process.
The march, which began at the Calabar Municipal Council grounds, took the dozens of supporters along the Ndidem Usang-Iso road to Atekong, the State Housing Estate, where it terminated.
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