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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will declare his intentions to contest the 2023 presidential election in a matter of days, a source has told Chronicle NG.

The source revealed that the Vice President is not unaware of calls for him to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari but that he is also focused on the task at hand.

The source, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) told Chronicle NG that in a matter of days the Vice President will formally declare his interest.

The source explained that the Vice President embarked on consultations with party stakeholders, party members and Nigerians.

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“This is a Nigerian project. Nigerians from all walks of life are involved in this and they have identified the Vice President has the man to lead the country.

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Asked specifically how and when he will declare, the source said, “The declaration will be typical of the Vice President. It won’t be different from the communication style of the Vice President.”

On the specific date, the source said that no one can say for certain what day it will be. “I can assure you that it will not take weeks, it is only a matter of days before Prof. Osinbajo declares.

When pressed on a post made by Babafemi Ojudu on his Facebook page on Saturday that “it is a matter of hours”, the source said the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs was not incorrect.

President Muhammadu Buhari is received by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on 20 Augist 2017 three months after he travelled to the United Kingdom for medical treatment

President Muhammadu Buhari received by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on 20 Augist 2017 three months after he travelled to the United Kingdom for medical treatment

“I think Senator is within his rights to say that we are hours away, indeed we are hours away. It could be 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours but it is certainly not weeks.

The source told Chronicle NG that the Vice President is very experienced and will not learn on the job.

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“This is continuity and that is what Nigerians need. Beyond the fact that he will be receiving the baton from President Muhammadu Buhari, he is well equipped to lead Nigeria.

“Prof. Osinbajo has the experienced needed for the job and has demonstrated leadership in every task assigned to him by Mr President.

“He has also shown that he is loyal, he is scandal free and he is what the country needs,” the source said.

It would be recalled that there are numerous reports that have hinted that Prof. Osinbajo will declare his interest to succeed his boss but that is yet to happen.

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His political adviser, Ojudu in a post yesterday hinted that the declaration will happen, describing it as the “mother of all declarations”.

“Prof Isah Yahaya begins the celebration ahead of the mother of all declaration speech. Not a question of if but when. It is a matter of hours,” he posted along with a video.

If Osinbajo does declare as stated by the source, he will be joining Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Dave Umahi and Governor Yahaya Bello as aspirants on the platform of APC.

Others are , Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and senators Orji Uzor Kalu and Rochas Okorocha.

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