Interesting times are ahead in the political terrain of the South-West in Nigeria. Because if the signals that are already showing are anything to go, the immediate past governor of Ogun State who is the current Senator representing Ogun Central at the Senate, might be throwing his hat into the ring to contest for the presidency after President Muhammadu Buhari must have completed his second term in office in 2023. And this cannot be taken as a mere joke considering Amosun's closeness to President Buhari. The question is, where does this leave the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who indicators are also showing that is interested in the presidency when President Buhari's term lapses?
But to start with, the first inkling of Amosun's interest in the presidency came out publicly at the 8th Day Fidau and Final Burial Party of one of his political associates, Hon. Nureni Idowu Olowofuja, at Abeokuta Sports Club, Oke-Ilewo, Ogun State, on Tuesday, 26th November, 2019, which Amosun attended amidst his other political associates in their numbers. And at a point along line when the artiste engaged for the party, Fuji music star, Alhaji Sefiu Alao Adekunle started performing on the stage and was singing the praise of Amosun as one of the guests in attendance, some of his political associates went to the artiste and told him to start singing "Amosun For 2023 Presidency" which the artiste started saying immediately while the crowd went into a frenzy of excitement on hearing it. And that message of "Amosun For 2023 Presidency" became a refrain in the artiste's music till the party ended.
With Amosun showing interest in the number one political seat in the country, that may be pitching him against someone like Tinubu who is believed in many quarters to be warming up to replace President Buhari in 2023 in the event that as it is expected, the APC decides to zone the presidential position to the South-West. Interestingly enough, Tinubu and Amosun no longer see eye to eye politically. The factor reponsible for that was how Tinubu's camp scuttled the plan of Amosun to install a successor to himself when he was leaving the governor's seat during the last general elections. Amosun wanted Hon. Abiodun Akinlade from Yewa, a division of Ogun State which had been agitating for the governorship position for years without success, but the Tinubu camp wanted Prince Dapo Abiodun from Ijebu axis which has produced governors for the state before. And with federal might through Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Tinubu's camp had their way during the election as Prince Dapo Abiodun won.
So would Amosun be going head to head with Tinubu from the South-West for the presidential position in 2023? Only time will tell.