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Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun may have made political volte face in connection with 2023 Presidential ambitions of two of the leading aspirants of the party from the South West: the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, following his declared support for the presidential aspiration of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to enable him continue with some of the laudable projects of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Speaking at a stakeholders meeting with the VP and held at the Akarigbo Palace Sagamu, the Alake Palace in Abeokuta and the Presidential Lodge, Ibara, Abeokuta, as well as the Palace of Olu of Ilaro and Paramount ruler of Yewaland, Abiodun said Osinbajo in the last seven years, has contributed to the many successes recorded by the federal government, noting “he is eminently qualified to lead the country”.
Recall that, Tinubu believed to be the South West most preferred candidate had sought the support of the South-West APC governors and members of the party for his presidential ambition.
But Governor Abiodun on Tuesday, took a bold and dramatic step by publicly pledging the support of the state APC delegates for the presidential ambition of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
“The Vice President present here is home coming. We are pleased with his decision to run for the office of the president. He is competent and committed to lead the country in a higher capacity.
“Your steadfastness, integrity and character are all well known. You are serving this country and the president meritoriously for the last seven years as the vice president. We have no doubt that you will do well as the president and we will support you”, Abiodun stated.
The governor, who extolled the VP’s academic exploit, recalled how he stood behind his gubernatorial election and described him as a man who is interested in fairness, justice, equity, and the Rule of Law.
In his speech, the VP said he was not in the state to campaign, but to inform his people of his intention to run for the office of the president.
Prof Osinbajo said he had consulted widely across all sections of the society, including with President Muhammadu Buhari before he threw his hat into the ring to succeed his boss.
Recounting his contributions to the present federal government, Osinbajo said he was actively involved in the judiciary reforms and its repositioning to work optimally and ensure that judges are adequately enumerated.
He said he’s working with President Buhari has exposed him to governance at the highest level and placed him in a position to tackle serious issues concerning the economy, and security, among others.
“The Vice President position is an opportunity to serve and I have served with utmost loyalty. I put everything into my work. I am a candidate who will hit the ground running when I am elected.
“I have the requisite knowledge to do the job and build on what others have put in place. My presidency will bring peace, unity, and development to the country”, the VP said.
“After all, I have learned if called upon to serve the nation, should I say No? I have decided that I will run for the office. I have sworn an oath to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is an oath to our people, our children, and the future of Nigeria. I owe nobody else any allegiance outside the oath”, he added.
Osinbajo, however, commended the Abiodun-led administration for the giant strides it has recorded in the last three years, expressing the hope that his quest to lead the country would be fruitful.
The Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, in his remarks, posited that the vice president was competent with the required qualification to lead the nation, observing his performance as the acting president is there for all to see.
Speaking on the ambition of the Vice President, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, attested to the competence of Osinbajo, saying: “the vice president has paid his dues and is eminently qualified to succeed as President.
“I want to pray that you will come back to this Palace as a President and Nigeria will be gain tremendously under your watch”, Alake stated
The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo with the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun also visited the Palace of the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, who rounded off the session with Prayers after the speeches of the VP and the Governor. , The Monarch assured Prof. Yemi Osinbajo that it is only him that would get their full support, adding that God that made it possible for Gov. Abiodun in 2019, would make Osinbajo’s ambition a success among others aspiring for the presidential seat of Nigeria in 2023.