- President Buhari had joked that Osinbajo's VP job was under threat after some female parliamentarians paid him a visit
- The parliamentarians had demanded for the VP position and other legislative slots
- Osinbajo's aide Akande refused to comment on the president's statement, wondering why he was being asked to react to the joke
The office of the Vice President of Nigeria has refused to comment on a statement jokingly made by the president Muhammadu Buhari about a threat to his deputy Yemi Osinbajo’s job.
Tribune reports on Saturday, May 26 that Osinbajo’s spokesperson Laolu Akande declined comment but instead queried why he should be asked to comment on what the president said.
“The president has spoken (so) why are you asking me to comment,” Akande said when contacted by phone on Friday afternoon.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported on Friday, May 25 that President Buhari joked that Osinbajo’s position as vice president was under threat.
The president made this joke at the Presidential Villa in Abuja while hosting a delegation of the Conference of Nigerian Female Parliamentarians, who were calling for a woman vice president among other demands.
He said:"It is a pity the VP is not here, but I believe the Secretary to the Government of the Federation will brief him that his position is threatened. It is only the vice president who is threatened. And if we win the next election, he may lose his election."
President Buhari has expressed interest in running for office in 2019 but has not formally confirmed if he will be returning with Osinbajo.
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