June 20, 2024

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Nigerians Wake Up to Osinbajo’s Declaration for the 2023 Presidential Election

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The Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo has declared his intentions to run for president in the forthcoming 2023 general election.

 

He made his intentions known in a short video he shared on Twitter.

 

He said, “In the past seven years, I have served as Vice President under a true Nigerian patriot, a servant of the nation in war and peace, and a man of integrity, President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

We have, together, worked through some of the most difficult times in the history of our Nation, but we have remained focused on securing the country, providing infrastructure, and growing our economy. As stipulated by the Nigerian Constitution, our tenure will end next year.

 

In this period of seven years, I have served the government in several capacities, and have, at the direction of Mr. President, represented our country in sensitive high-level international engagements. I have been to practically all local governments in Nigeria.

 

I have been in markets, factories, schools, and farms. I have been in agricultural, mining, and oil-producing communities; in the Delta, in Kebbi, Enugu, Borno; Rivers, Plateau, and Ondo; & in all other States of the Federation, listening to the diverse experiences and yearnings of our people.

 

I have visited our gallant troops in the North East and our brothers and sisters in the IDP camps. I have felt the pain and anguish of victims of violent conflicts, terrorist attacks, flooding, fire, and other disasters.

 

I have been in the homes of many ordinary Nigerians in various parts of the country. have sat with our techpreneurs: in Lagos, Edo, and Kaduna, with our Nollywood and Kannywood actors, with our musicians, from Lagos, Onitsha, and Kano. And I have spoken to small and large businesses.

 

I stood where they stood and sat where they sat. I know their hopes, aspirations, and fears, and I believe that those hopes and aspirations are the seeds for the great Nigeria that we all desire.

 

I believe that the very reason why the Almighty God gave me these experiences, these insights, and these opportunities, is that they must be put to the use of our country and its great peoples.

 

This is why I am today, with utmost humility, formally declaring my intention to run for the Office of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, on the platform of our great party, the All Progressives Congress. If by the grace of God and the will of the people.

 

If I am given the opportunity, then I believe that first, we must complete what we have started; radically transforming our security and intelligence architecture. Completing the reform of our justice system focusing on adequate remuneration and welfare of judicial personnel, ensuring justice for all, and the observance of rule of law, rapidly advancing our infrastructure development, especially power, roads, railways, and broadband connectivity.

 

Providing an excellent environment for businesses to thrive, taking the agriculture revolution to the next level especially mechanization, and developing the farm to table value chain making sure that the government, its agencies, and regulators serve the business community, creating a tech economy that will provide jobs for millions;

 

enhancing our Social Investment Programme to a full-scale social welfare scheme, completing the promise of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within this decade, completing the task of ensuring that all Nigerians, male and female, attend school, reforming our educational system for relevance to the challenges of this century, completing the task of universal health coverage for all, and strengthening the capacity of States and Local Governments to deliver on their respective mandates.

 

Above all, front and center of our efforts will be the provision of jobs and opportunities for our young people.

 

I now most solemnly and respectfully seek the support of fellow Nigerians everywhere in this land, and the diaspora, young and old, male and female, in the great and exciting journey that we have ahead of us.

 

We will work together, establish by the grace of God, the Nigeria of our dreams in a few short years. We will build on the foundation laid by our predecessors. We will need to move, with much speed, intentionality, and perseverance, towards the vision of a prosperous, stable, and secure nation.

 

I am convinced beyond doubt that we have the creativity, the courage, the talent, and the resources to be the foremost black nation on earth. Let us now birth the expectations of greatness conceived generations before us.

 

Let us build a Nigeria where the man from Nnewi sees the man in Gusau as his brother, where the woman in Warri sees the woman in Jalingo as her sister, where the love of our nation burns alike in the hearts of boys and girls from Gboko to Yenogaa, Where everywhere, in this land, is home for everyone, where our diversities, tribes, and faiths unite, rather than divide us.

 

Let our tribes become one tribe; the Nigerian tribe, where all are treated fairly, justly, and with respect. Where all are given equal access to the abundant opportunities that God has bestowed on this nation. It’s time.

 

His declaration came with over nine promises where the Vice president promised to work with all areas of the economy to rebuild the nation.

 

This movement made by the Vice president will face credible opposition from the APC National leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu who has since declared his intentions to run for the same position.

 

Tinubu is believed to have played a huge role in selecting Yemi Osinbanjo to be Buhari’s running mate back in 2015.

 

Now, the one who was helped has eaten, observed, and is ready to compete with his helper.

 

More so, this move just validates the division that is about to happen in the camp of the All Progressive Congress (APC) party.

 

Recall that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi had earlier also declared his intention for the same position.

 

A chieftain of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo socio-political organization, Chuks Ibegbu, criticized the action of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for declaring for the Presidency.

 

Ibegbu said that the Vice President’s action to declare for the presidency is morally wrong.

 

He further went ahead to say that Osinbanjo had the right to contest for the presidency, however, it is time for the Igbos to occupy the presidency, and other ethnic groups should back down.

 

In his statement made to Daily Post, Ibegbu said, “Well, it’s morally wrong, though he has the right to. Osinbajo and other non-Igbos should tarry in the interest of national unity”.

 

The action of Yemi Osinbanjo has deeper consequences than we can see. This declaration alone has resulted in the division of the South-West Governors. While some support Tinubu, the others will support the Vice President.

 

Meanwhile, supporters of the duo have said that Osinbajo is a threat to Tinubu’s aspiration to be president. For now, Tinubu has the support of 13 out of 22 APC governors. While Osinbanjo has the backing of 14 APC governors, especially from the North.

 

Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the National Coordinator of the South-West Agenda for Asiwaju, SWAGA, has said that Tinubu would emerge the winner in the APC presidential race because he is the most experienced.

 

Adeyeye said, “Going for the presidency is not mere grammar. Where is his support base? Where is the structure? In Ikenne, Ogun State, Osinbajo does not know his Ward Chairman. How many party people does he know even in Lagos? He is not a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council, GAC. If he is formidable, he will be a member of the GAC. What has he used the position of the Vice President to do for the South-West?”

 

Interestingly, it is important to note that Yemi Osinbanjo has in his statement indirectly charmed the president, probably in a bid, to influence his decision.

 

He said, “In the past seven years, I have served as Vice President under a true Nigerian patriot, a servant of the nation in war and peace, and a man of integrity, President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

We have, together, worked through some of the most difficult times in the history of our Nation, but we have remained focused on securing the country, providing infrastructure, and growing our economy.”

 

He also said, “In this period of seven years, I have served the government in several capacities, and have, at the direction of Mr. President, represented our country insensitive high-level international engagements.”

 

This is a clear indication that the vice president is seeking approval from President Muhammad Buhari, who has been a loyal worker to him.

 

As more candidates declare intentions for the 2023 presidential election, the battle gets tougher.

 

Who will survive?

 

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