2023 Beckons On Ogun To Produce Another President For Nigeria - Osinbajo - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, April 26, 2022

2023 Beckons On Ogun To Produce Another President For Nigeria - Osinbajo

••• Stresses, "Come May 29, 2023, We Will Attain That Position"

 •Osinbajo, Alake & Gov Abiodun

The Daily Crucible | Tuesday, April 26, 2022

By Mariam Adekunle, Abeokuta

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has  declared that 2023 beckons on Ogun State to produce another leader for the country.

The Daily Crucible reports that the state has produced a military Head of States in Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Head of Interim National Government (ING), a position held by Chief Ernest Shonekan of blessed memory, two - time civilian President also in Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and a serving Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo himself. Earlier, General Oladipo Diya from Odogbolu, had occupied number two position during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.

Osinbajo who is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progresives Congress(APC) hails from Ikenne in Ogun East), his mother hailed from Ilaro in Ogun West while his wife, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, is from Igbore in Abeokuta in Ogun Central senatorial district.

The immediate past governor and serving Senator Ibikunle Amosun from Ogun Central is also a presidential aspirant planning to formally declare his ambition in May, according to reports.

The Vice - President who declared his ambition on April 11, recalled that Ogun sons and daughters had recorded many firsts and feats in many endeavours, submitting that come May 29, 2023, the state would attain the position being sought - producing the next President for the country, to the glory of God and for the benefit of every single Nigeria.

He spoke on Tuesday at the palace of Alake of Egbaland, Ogun State, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, while briefing the monarch and Egba chiefs of the progress he claimed he had recorded in respect of his presidential aspiration.

He was accompanied to the palace by governor Dapo Abiodun, his deputy; Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedele among other dignitaries.

Osinbajo who had earlier met with the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi and Remo chiefs in Sagamu, urged the paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Gbadebo, and the people of Ogun State to support his ambition in anyway possible, saying that every benefit that would come to him for being in the position if attained, would also come to the state.

In his speech, the 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 his working with President Buhari has exposed him to governance at the highest level and placed him in a position to tackle serious issues concerning economy, security, among others.

Vice President said: "I want to thank Kabiyesi very much for hosting me here today. Kabiyesi is a man of good fortune. And whoever walks with such a man will also see good fortune.

"Each time I visited Kabiyesi, after it, I'm victorious. And I want to say that is just the truth. Each time I have visited him in this political journey since 2015, I have always been victorious. So, I'm always happy when I'm coming to see Kabiyesi because I know that the outcome will be victorious. And this one also, the outcome will be victorious.

"I want to thank you very much Kabiyesi again because of the encouragement and your support at all times. Not just to me, but to our government. You're of course, one of the very good friends and confidant of our president; President Muhammadu Buhari and I know that he relies so much on your counsel and your judgement a great deal. I want to thank you for your support that you have offered us. Thank you so much.

"I am here not to campaign, because we are not allowed to campaign in any palace; in any event, I cannot campaign at home. Why should I even campaign in my own home? If I need to campaign in my own home, then, I'm in trouble and I'm not in trouble. 

"So, I am not campaigning here, only to inform Kabiyesi of the progress I have made so far in my journey. This is why I am here: just to inform Kabiyesi that we have made a lot of progress so far. Of course, Kabiyesi knows that as of 11th of April, 2022, I finally announced my intention to run for the position of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. After, I did consult with the state governors, the legislatures and I have also been in some states.

"But today is very special because today, I am formally reporting progress so far to Kabiyesi, the Alake of Egbaland; my own dear father. I want to say that our state has never been shot of notable personalities in leadership. Several times, we have produced presidents; we have produced Vice President and we have produced some of the leading men and women in various aspects of our various endeavours of life in Nigeria. But year 2023 calls for again, is a moment when history calls upon us to produce another leader from this state by the grace of God.

"I have very good reasons: when I was called upon to serve as Vice President of Nigeria, there was no big politician anymore. But at a time, I could say that I was not a politician. But by sheer providence, I was nominated and elected as Vice President to President Muhammadu Buhari. And I must say that President Muhammadu Buhari has been extremely fair to me in various ways and has exposed me to every aspect of governance; he has kept no secret of governance away from me. He has made sure that I have seen everything that I needed to see.

"Anytime I have the good fortune of serving as Acting President on many occasions. On each of those occasions, he would tell me that as far as he was concerned, "you are President of Nigeria, don't refer anything to me; don't call me, just take the steps that you need to take. I will not get your discretion in anyway." And he never did.

"So, I want to say that after a 7½ years, if serving as Vice President; been able to see for myself; been able to understand for myself, what we have done right; what we could have done better and various other things, I think when the opportunity now arose for me to decide whether or not, to run as President of Nigeria, I have only one question to ask myself. And that question is whether I will be faithful to my oath to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria? To serve with all my heart and might? That is the only question I need to ask myself. 

"And because previously, I have served others at various capacities and have given everything, not once, to those whom I have served. I have served under His Excellency, Prince Bola Ajibola, Judge of the World Court. When he was the Federal Attorney General, I was one of the four advisers throughout the federation at that time. I was his adviser for five years. When he was at the World Court, I was with him there for a couple of years.

"I want to say that everyone of those people I'd served in their most difficult moments; the moment when their jobs were even threatened; the moment when sometimes, even when their lives were threatened, I was with them. Sometimes I was the only one standing by them. I cannot go into details for confidential reasons and that is the truth. 

"Not one of them can in truth say that I have not stood with them in their most difficult moments. I am not speaking of the periods when everything was going well, because you'll have many friends then. Many people will come around and say "ah, we are the faithful; we are loyal". When they have been in their difficult moments, I have stood with them.

"Today, all that I'm required to do is to offer that same service; the same level of loyalty, with all humility to my nation, Nigeria. To our generation and the incoming generations. That is question I asked myself. Should I not do the best I can to serve my nation, having been given this position for our children and the coming generation.That is why I am here, just to inform you Kabiyesi that we are making progress. It is a journey that involves all of us as citizens, as people of destiny. I want to ask you and all of our leaders, our fathers, mothers and people of this state to join me. Every benefit that will come for my being in this position will also come to this state, there is no way that it will not come to this state. As it comes to this state, it will come to all parts of Nigeria. 

"So, I urge you to join me and support me in everyway you can, even if it is prayer and good wishes. I urge to support and prepare for this enterprise and God helping us, come May 29, 2023, we will attain that position. And it will be to the glory of God and for benefit of every single Nigeria." 

Osinbajo, however, commended 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.

Responding 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 said.

And speaking earlier, Dapo Abiodun, declared that the state would support the presidential ambition of 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".

"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.

The Akarigbo and 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 that his performance as the acting president is there for all to see.

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