VP Osinbajo: I'm not planning to contest for President in 2019

Nigeria's vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo says he has no plan of running for president in 2019. He was asked at the FT Africa Summit in London if he had considered running, he said he had not thought about it, adding: “None of that is on the cards”.

There have been rumours that the vice-president may run for the office of president in 2019.

A group had launched a political campaign for him, but he asked Nigerians to disregard them.

The general election is scheduled for February 2019. Candidates are expected to emerge a few months before the exercise.

It is not clear if President Muhammadu Buhari will seek re-election, but there are indications that he may not owing to health challenges. This has fueled speculations about the candidates the president’s party – the All Progressives Congress (APC) – may field.

Osinbajo was praised by many for his efforts in steering the economy while he as acting president.