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Still on VP, Tinubu's recovery visits: Before the vultures begin to feast

Abdul Ishola Ba'afemi



Let us be ready and expect more serious attempts to cause disaffection between Osinbajo and Tinubu. Truly there are many who can benefit from this. 

It will come mainly through social media campaigns and possibly one or two press reports raising acrimonious questions such as that the VP did not visit Tinubu while in London, and all that. 

Now this is what I know being a Lagos based journalist who has followed the former Lagos State Governor since 1998 when he was campaigning to be Governor. It was in the process of his 8-year Governorship that I started noticing Prof. Yemi Osinbajo himself and the incredible chemistry between this two people. But not everyone admires the synergy. 

While the VP and Tinubu didn't get a chance to meet in London, there are those who can confidently confirm last that they both had phone calls while Tinubu was in London. 

It has even been reported that it was practically impossible for the VP to travel for that purpose only considering Protocol and Presidential travel guidelines. And since the former Governor is back in the country there would be expectedly, usual interactions between the VP and his recuperating benefactor. What is undesirable is the activities of what the Yorubas call "Arije-ninu-mondaru." 

In deed news reports had quoted the Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola as clarifying the matter after President Buhari visited Tinubu on August 12, 2021. 

A report said "It was gathered that Buhari’s earlier visitation, prevented Professor Osinbajo, Fashola and Aregbesola from going to London to visit the APC leader. 
Speaking on the matter, Mr Sola Fasure, the Media Adviser to Aregbesola, said the minister was unable to visit Tinubu in London for protocol reasons.

Fasure said: “If the President has gone, no Minister, not even the Vice President, can go. Aregbesola’s relationship with Tinubu is mutually beneficial and reinforcing." 

But not only are both the VP and the former Lagos Governor in touch, their aides have also been reportedly working together. This explains why the Presidential Political Adviser Sen Babafemi Ojudu released s statement last week. 

In that statement Ojudu said "Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are members of same party.  Osinbajo regards Tinubu as a respected leader of a political family to which he belongs and will therefore not for any reason endorse an endeavor that seeks to pitch them against each other. 

"We are not unaware of some people who may want to foist a crack among our leaders. Such an attempt is abortive. Osinbajo and Tinubu's relationship dates way back and it shall continue to wax strong." 

So before you read the next "esu ta po si" post on Social Media, be on the alert.