“Why should I become a minister when I could be the Vice President?”
Turkey’s joint opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu has allegedaly offered Sinan Ogan, the third nationalist candidate who obtained 5.17% of the votes a ministerial position to gain his support in the second round of presidential elections in Turkey, scheduled for May 28.
As negotiations continue this week, both President Tayyip Erdogan who had 49.4% of the votes in the first round and Kemal Kilicdaroglu who followed him with 44.2%, are vying for the endorsement of Sinan Ogan, further fueling the intensity of the bargaining.
Turkey’s gazetekarinca.com on Friday reported that Sinan Ogan has requested the Ministry of Internal Affairs during his negotiations with the opposition, while Kilicdaroglu has offered him the Ministry of Migration Affairs in the event of his victory.
Ogan claimed he has been receiving calls from numerous figures from both the ruling party and the opposition and said he will soon announce his decision.
Speaking to New york Timles in his office in Ankara, Ogan described his recent days as "very intense," and said he also received calls from cabinet members.
Notably, Ogan drew attention by stating that he demanded a high-level position in the new administration to ensure that his requests would be fulfilled in exchange for supporting a specific candidate in the second round. He questioned, "Why should I become a minister when I could be the Vice President?"
Furthermore, Ogan claimed that in the second round, approximately 70% of his supporters would follow his recommendation and vote for the candidate he endorses.