Chairman Senate Committee on Capital Market Senator Ibikunle Amosun has declared his intention to contest the 2023 presidential race.
Amosun in a letter read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan at plenary said he will declare for the race on May 5 at the Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja.
Mouthpiece NGR understands that the announcement is coming less than 24 hours Vice President Yemi Osinbajo visited Ogun state to solicits Governor Dapo Abiodun’s support.
It was learnt that Mr Abiodun’s declaration for the vice president has dealt an apparent blow to Bola Tinubu, another APC presidential aspirant, who has been banking on the governor’s support in the southwest region.
Mr Osinbajo arrived Ogun State on Tuesday in continuation of his nationwide consultation with key personalities and party delegates ahead of next month’s presidential primaries.
During a meeting with Mr Abiodun at the Presidential Lodge, Ibara, Abeokuta, the governor said the vice president is “eminently qualified” to lead the country.
Amosun is the third Senator of the APC extraction to join the presidential race.
Senators Rochas Okorocha and Orji Uzor Kalu had announced their bid for the presidency earlier.