The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has endorsed a group working for the candidature of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Named Progressives Consolidation Group, PCG, the VP’s supporters got the APC Headquarters backing through Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State and Caretaker Chairman of the party.
The endorsement was contained in the letter titled “Letter of Recognition As A Support Group” dated October 4, 2021. It was signed by the Director, Administration of the APC, Abubakar Suleiman, and made public in Abuja on Saturday.
“We write to inform you that the National Chairman, His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni has approved your recognition as a support group of the party,” the letter indicated.
Mr. Bala Gide, head of the Progressive Civil Society Group, one of the sub-groups in the PCG, explained that with this development, the PCG had been given the rare privilege of becoming the first to be so recognised.
“While we laud President Muhammadu Buhari’s forthright leadership and its populist direction which we expect an Osinbajo Presidency to energetically sustain after 2023, we also applaud the focused forthrightness of the APC leadership ably led by Governor Buni.
“We deeply appreciate the widening mobilization and deepening support that PCG and all associated groups working towards an Osinbajo Presidency; all our grassroots and national leaders, as well as current governors, federal and state lawmakers along with various labour and professional groups will have further significant roles to play post-2023,” he said.
The PCG has appealed to the Vice President to yield to public demand by throwing his hat in the ring.
It promised that members would conduct themselves with decorum and respect all other aspirants who may wish to fly the APC flag in the presidential race.
PCG’s recognition and endorsement came barely three days after the launch of the South-West Agenda for Asiwaju, SWAGA, by his supporters.
The party’s headquarters was yet to react to react to SWAGA’s emergence.