The spokesman of the Pan-Yoruba Socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said yesterday that Osinbajo should resign because he had lost his relevance.
He said the vice president was virtually stripped of all his functions, humiliated several times and that the honourable thing to do was to resign.
Speaking to DAILY TRUST correspondent, Odumakin said, “Clearly, they have totally humiliated him out. They have stripped him of all his functions, humiliated him in so many ways…”
He said Osinbajo was recently at a function with the Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, but to his surprise, the minister stood up to read the president’s speech.
“So what he is doing in that government is what I don’t understand. His position in the current government has become untenable,” he said.
On the statement by the Presidency that Buhari could rule from anywhere around the world, he said, “I think it is about time we elected a Diaspora president.”
But a former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George advised the government and the ruling party to “thread softly.”
A former national secretary of the PDP, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, said although the VP had not told anyone he was interested in the 2023 presidency, the brewing crisis within the presidency would eventually blow out.
A former PDP chairman in Lagos, Capt. Tunji Shelle, also aligned with Odumakin, saying it would be preferable for Osinbajo to resign if he felt he was no longer respected and recognized in the government.
He said recent developments around the vice president showed that “something is terribly wrong.”
“Without mincing words, I can tell you that something is terribly wrong somewhere,” he said, adding that stripping the VP of his many functions was a slap on his face.
Also speaking, a lecturer in the department of Political Science, Bauchi State University, Dr. Yusuf Ibrahim Gamawa said, “I don’t think this is a cabal issue because there is no way this will happen without the knowledge of the president.
“And I don’t think the president is someone that will be part of an emerging cabal. There must be something serious. We should be patient, the details as to why those officials were sacked will become clear