ASUU Strike: FG To Review University Autonomy Laws, Says Osinbajo

 

In the light of recent agitations by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said the Federal Government is planning to review the university autonomy laws.

This comes weeks after ASUU called off an eight-month strike, which saw its members demanding improved welfare, revitalisation of public universities, and academic autonomy, among others.

Osinbajo was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha at an event organised by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja to mark the 60th anniversary of the NUC and launch of the Core Curriculum Minimum Academics Standards (CIMAS).

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The vice president stated that one of the major issues bedevilling university education in Nigeria was the incessant strike actions by various unions in public universities.

“The most recent strike actions by the university-based unions have necessitated a revisit on the issues and scope of university autonomy by government,” he said.

ASUU members protest at the University of Ibadan on Monday, November 28, 2022

 

“This will lead to a review of the university autonomy laws to appropriately address funding, including staff remuneration, institutional governance, and administration, as well as issues relating to internally generated revenue.”

According to him, the university system has cumulatively lost over 50 months from 1999 to date as a result of strike actions by ASUU.

“I doubt if there is any country that has lost such amount of time to strikes in its university system.

“From the first strike in 1978 to date, all the issues have remained the same. The agitations have been primarily on funding, university autonomy, and remunerations.

“I need to stress here that government alone cannot fund education in the country. It is therefore imperative that a sustainable model of funding university education must be developed,” he said.

ASUU members at University of Abuja Mini Campus protesting withheld salaries over eight-month strike on Friday, November 25, 2022.

 

Osinbajo applauded what it described as the foresight of the NUC in unbundling such disciplines as Agriculture, as well as the emergence of three new disciplines, namely Allied Health Sciences, Architecture and Communication, and Media Studies.

The launch of CIMAS, he said, would usher in a new era in the delivery of quality and relevant content.

For the greater part of 2022, the country’s public universities have been crippled by industrial action over the demands of their academic workers, including the non-payment of university revitalisation funds amounting to about N1.1 trillion.

Following a court ruling in October, ASUU called off its strike. However, its relationship with the Federal Government has remained contentious.

A photo combination of Ngige and ASUU president.

 

At the end of October, the academics received part payment from the Federal Government, prompting a one-day nationwide protest in November.

However, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila said the ‘no work, no pay’ policy embarked on by the Federal Government during the period of strike is premised on the law.

He added that the decision is based on the government’s legitimate interest in preventing moral hazard and discouraging disruptive industrial actions.

The Federal Government also defended the pro-rata payment, saying the workers could not be paid for work not done.

According to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, the lecturers were paid what is due to them.

Similarly, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, through the spokesman for the ministry, Olajide Oshundun, dismissed media reports that the government was biased in paying the university teachers.

But the National President of ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke blamed Ngige for allegedly authorising the part payment, describing him as an “interloper.” He further expressed confidence in the Federal Government to resolve ASUU’s agitations.

Osinbajo To Visit Vietnam’s President, Others For Bilateral Talks

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and Vietnam’s former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Vuong Dinh Hue shake hands at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on October 30, 2019. Photo: Twitter- @ProfOsinbajo

 

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, is scheduled to depart from Abuja on Saturday for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to engage in high-level bilateral activities in the Southeast nation.

The engagements will include meetings with the President of Vietnam, President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc; Vice-President Vo Thi Aah Xuan; Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh; other government officials; and the business community.

This was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande.

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According to the statement, the Vice President’s five-day visit comes after former Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam Vuong Hue visited Nigeria in October 2019 in view of the trade and bilateral relations between both countries.

During the visit, Hue was said to have met with Osinbajo, other senior Nigerian government officials and also interacted with the Nigerian-Vietnam Business Association.

“The VP’s reciprocal visit to Vietnam will further strengthen trade and bilateral relations between both countries,” the statement added.

“Although Nigeria and Vietnam have maintained long-standing diplomatic relations since 1976, Vice President Osinbajo will be the second Nigerian high ranking incumbent government official to visit the Southeast Asian country after President Olusegun Obasanjo who visited in 2005.

“While in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Vice President is expected to witness the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Agreements on investment between Nigeria and Vietnam.”

Osinbajo is also expected to hold high-level diplomatic discussions with his Vietnamese counterpart, Vice President Vo Thi Aah Xuan and the Prime Minister on issues of trade, commerce, agriculture, technology and innovation, among others.

He will later participate in a business forum with the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce with representatives from both countries.

Read the full statement below:

IN HIGH LEVEL VISIT TO VIETNAM, OSINBAJO TO MEET PRESIDENT, VP, PRIME MINISTER, OTHERS

*Leaves Abuja today

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, departs Abuja today for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for high-level bilateral engagements in the Southeast nation including meetings with the President of Vietnam, President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc; Vice President Vo Thi Aah Xuan, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, other government officials and the business community.

The VP’s reciprocal visit to Vietnam will further strengthen trade and bilateral relations between both countries.

Recall that in view of the trade and bilateral relations between both countries, then Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, Vuong Hue, had visited Nigeria in October 2019, and met with Prof. Osinbajo, other senior Nigerian government officials and also interacted with the Nigerian-Vietnam Business Association.

As the then Deputy Prime Minister, who was accompanied to Nigeria by senior Vietnamese Government officials and businessmen, noted Nigeria is Vietnam’s largest trading partner in Africa. Indeed trade between both countries stood at US$280 million in 2014 and increased to over US$500 million in 2019.

Although Nigeria and Vietnam have maintained long-standing diplomatic relations since 1976, Vice President Osinbajo will be the second Nigerian high ranking incumbent government official to visit the Southeast Asian country after President Olusegun Obasanjo who visited in 2005.

While in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Vice President is expected to witness the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Agreements on investment between Nigeria and Vietnam. He will also hold high level diplomatic discussions with his Vietnamese counterpart, Vice President Vo Thi Aah Xuan and the Prime Minister on issues of trade, commerce, agriculture, technology and innovation among others.

Prof. Osinbajo will later participate in a Business Forum with the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce with representatives from both countries.

With the opportunities existing in agriculture & technology in Nigeria and Vietnam, discussions would focus on mutual benefits from effective collaboration in particular economic sectors so as to deepen the friendly and trade relations of both countries.

The VP will conclude the visit to Vietnam on Wednesday.

Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity
Office of the Vice President
3rd December, 2022

Osinbajo Departs For US, To Meet Kamala Harris, Others

File photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo departing Nigeria.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) on Wednesday morning jetted to the United States of America to seek global partnerships and support for Nigeria’s recently launched Energy Transition Plan.

According to a statement by the VP’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo will meet his American counterpart, Kamala Harris; World Bank Group, and other partners.

The trip is coming about one month after Osinbajo’s successful surgery.

Osinbajo is leading Nigeria’s Energy Transition Implementation Working Group on the US mission with meetings starting from September 1 to promote the plan and secure global support from the US government, the private sector, and other development partners.

Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan launched last week is said to need at least $10 billion per annum above business as usual spending for effective implementation.

At the launch, the World Bank and a renewable energy organization – Sun Africa, pledged a sum of $1.5 billion each totaling an initial $3 billion investment to support the implementation of Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan.

The Nigerian VP will also meet US Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm; Secretary of Treasury, Janet Yellen; and President of World Bank Group, David Malpass; among others.

The Vice President’s delegation to the US will include Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu; Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva; amongst others.

Osinbajo is expected to return to Abuja early next week.

‘We Lost The Battle, Not The War’: Osinbajo Says ‘New Nigeria’ Remains Possible

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday said he remains committed to the dream of a new Nigeria, despite losing the All Progressives Congress’ presidential ticket to Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

He made the remark while speaking in Abuja at the campaign office of the Progressive Project (TPP), a coalition of support groups that backed the Vice President for the presidency.

The Vice President also stated that he will support the winner and flagbearer of the APC for the 2023 presidential elections, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Osinbajo was received by a large crowd at the TPP Office in Abuja, a statement signed by presidential spokesperson Laolu Akande said.

In his address to the crowd of supporters, the Vice President described the clamour for a new Nigeria as a movement.

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“This movement is a movement within a party also, we are not doing something that has not been heard of before,” he said. “What is new is that we have a firm belief that a new Nigeria is possible and it is possible through us who are here.

“We went to the convention, and the results showed us clearly that we lost, but it is only a battle, it is not the war. There are battles ahead, but we will win the war for a new Nigeria. I have no doubt in my mind that we will win that war for a new Nigeria.

“That is why our movement for a new Nigeria must remain strong and firm. And we will do everything to keep our movement strong and solid.”

According to the Vice President, despite the result of the APC Presidential Primary, “the dream of a new country remains alive and well… We will have at the back of our minds, that what you have started in the various movements, coming into one, is the seed that will birth a new nation. You and I know the time has come and we will devote everything to it.

“I am committed and will remain committed to that dream (of a new Nigeria), for as long as you are willing and recognize that we have not yet written the story of this country, we have not yet completed the story of this country. As a matter of fact, the story has just begun, this movement has just started.”

The Vice President further said, “a new Nigeria has only just started, and everywhere across this land, it will be clear to all that a new Nigeria has been born. Once the genie comes out of the bottle, you cannot put it back. The word has been spoken; it cannot be taken back: it is time for a New Nigeria.”

Pledging support for the APC presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, Prof. Osinbajo recalled the personal letter he wrote to Asiwaju yesterday congratulating him on his victory at the party primary.

“In that letter, I said to him that the dream of this country, the dream of a new country remains alive and well. And I want you to know in your hearts that we are democrats when we participate in a contest and the results are announced.

“No matter what those results may be, we abide by them because there is only one process for democrats, whether that process is good or bad, there is only one, and we have gone through that process.

“And in that process, a winner has been adjudged, but that does not kill the dream of the great future. We will support our party; we will support the flagbearer of our party because we know that the other side is not even worth considering. So, we will support the flagbearer of our party, we will do everything we can.”

Thanking Nigerians at home and abroad, including the Osinbajo supporters’ groups, for the overwhelming support for his presidential bid, Prof. Osinbajo noted that “when we started this race, I never believed that we would have so many young men and women who would believe so passionately in the cause of a new Nigeria.”

Expressing his gratitude to them, he said, “everybody said, oh, everyone has lost hope, there is no future, we are all tired, we are in despair. But when you came out in your numbers across the country – the volunteers’ movement, the progressive union, the women’s movement, all across the country, saying the same thing, I knew that it was time. And you made it clear to everyone that indeed it is time for a new Nigeria.

“And we went everywhere to the 36 States of this country and Abuja and we spoke to the elected delegates of our great party the APC, they shared their fears with us, they told us about their dreams of the future, everyone wants a new Nigeria where young people have jobs, we all want a Nigeria that is safe and secure, a Nigeria where there is a future, where people can dream of a real future.

“As I said at the convention, I went to school here, I was born here, my parents were born here. Every opportunity I have had was given to me by this country. “And it is possible for this country to provide the same opportunity for you and all the future generations. But we must fight for it. In every fight, you lose some battles.”

Also speaking, some leaders of Osinbajo Support groups lauded the Vice President for being a true leader and inspiration to millions of Nigerians.

Dr Ahmed Badanga described the Vice President as “a role model to all of us. You are the Obama of Africa. You have made us proud and we will continue to remain with you.”

He added, “yes, we are progressives and we need to move forward. I will urge all of us to remain steadfast and committed to this cause because we have a bright future ahead of us.”

Similarly, a leader of the Coalition of Women for Osinbajo, Hajiya Rabbi Dauda, declared the VP as a ‘winner forever.’

“Your Excellency, we, the women of Nigeria, find it worthy to stand by you. Somehow, you are not the flagbearer today, but you will be the flagbearer tomorrow.

“I want to say to you that this is a continuous process, we will be waiting for you. We are here today to listen to you, to tell us where to go and what to do, and I tell you, we will all be waiting for you, tomorrow and always. Anytime you need us, all you need to do is to call on us and we shall be there for you.”

Also, another leader of a PYO Support group, Mrs. Diana Mary said, “Your Excellency, you have led us to win, we are winners. We are not taking this for granted, you have led a direction that we will continue to follow and we are happy that for the sake of Nigeria you answered the call.

“I want to appeal that we still converge and speak about those things that we need to address so that we can pull a stronger force for Nigeria. This generation of Nigerians is looking for that force that will fight for their future. Your Excellency, whenever you are alone and you think that it is a low moment, I want you to think of the numerous and thousands of us who are behind you and believe in your audacity, drive, and tenacity. You are the star that we know.”

The Vice President was accompanied on the visit to the Campaign Office by former Kano State Governor and the Senator representing Kano South in the National Assembly, Senator Kabiru Gaya; Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu; among other senior government officials.

Osinbajo, Lawan, Fayemi . . . APC Continues Screening Of Presidential Aspirants

 

The All Progressives Congress on Tuesday continued the screening of its presidential aspirants.

Twelve of the aspirants had been screened on Monday, including former Lagos State Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu and ex-Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Dimeji Bankole was the first to arrive on Tuesday.

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His arrival was followed by several other arrivals, including that of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Those screened include Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Former Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, and businessman, Mr Tein Jack-Rich.

 

See photos from Tuesday’s screening:

2023: Osinbajo Meets APC Delegates In Zamfara, Katsina

FILE: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo speaks at the combined convocation ceremony of the Federal University, Wukari, in Taraba State on February 12, 2022. Credit: State House.

 

Ahead of the presidential primary of All Progressives Congress (APC), Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has met with delegates of the party in Zamfara and Katsina states.

In Zamfara, Osibanjo met with delegates behind closed doors as journalists were barred from the meeting.

After the closed door meeting that lasted for over an hour, the Vice President told journalists that he was in Gusau to meet the delegates of the party and to inform them about his presidential ambition

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He said he had a fruitful discussion with the delegates on different issues ranging from the nation’s economy, the future and other matters of concern for the party and the country.

“In preparatory to the primaries of our party at the end of the month, I’m here to talk to members of our party and we had very fruitful discussions on wide ranging issues, concerning the economy of the country, concerning the future and so many other matters of concern for the party and for the country,” he said.

In Katsina, the Vice President also held discussions on issues concerning security, the economy and human capital development, among others, at the Banquet Hall of the General Muhammadu Buhari Government House.

He also met with the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari.

Osinbajo Accepts ‘Leadership Person Of The Year’ Award

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on May 17, 2022, accepted the Leadership Person of the Year 2021 award in Abuja.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on May 17, 2022, accepted the Leadership Person of the Year 2021 award in Abuja.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday was formally presented with the award for Leadership Person of the Year 2021 at the Leadership Newspapers’ Annual Conference and Awards ceremony in Abuja.

In January, Osinbajo had been named the Leadership Person of the Year 2021, alongside the Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO), Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

The newspaper had noted in its citation that the VP is a worthy recipient of the award “for his key role in steadying the ship of state through the storms as well as laying the foundation for the social intervention programmes of the current administration.”

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Speaking at the event, after receiving the award, the Vice President noted that we must also create a country that can provide, “by means of an effective social welfare scheme, a safety net for the very poor and the vulnerable; a united and tolerant nation where all, irrespective of ethnicity, religion or political persuasion, are respected, treated fairly and justly, and have equal access to all opportunities.”

The VP added “we must build a Nigeria where a boy or girl does not say that, ‘I am from the South-West, or I am from the North-West, or South-South or North-East, or North-Central or South-East, but that I am a Nigerian, a citizen of one of the greatest and most prosperous nations on earth.

“This is the kind of Nigeria that those of us in this political tendency, to which Sam Nda-Isaiah belonged, all attest to and believe.”

Osinbajo dedicated the award to “millions of Nigerians who believe in this new Nigeria, and who retain faith in our possibilities as a people and are doing their best every day in their various corners to build this nation through honest endeavour.”

“To these people of goodwill who are working hard to promote peace, tolerance and to build a country that truly represents all of our dreams; to those working hard to build bridges, those who have refused to be frustrated or even wearied by the trials of our country as it grows and continues into the fullness of its manifest destiny.”

According to him, “it is because of such Nigerians, that despite the great challenges we are passing through on our march of progress, I am certain that we will build this great Nigerian nation that we all yearn for.”

Osinbajo Condemns Killing Of Deborah Samuel In Sokoto

A file photo of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday condemned the brutal killing of Debora Samuel, a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State.

Samuel, a second-year student of the college, was killed on Thursday following an allegation that she had blasphemed Muhammad (SAW), the prophet of Islam.

Speaking at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the Vice President commended the Sultan of Sokoto, the State Governor and other leaders in the state for condemning the dastardly act, insisting that the perpetrators be brought to justice.

President Muhammadu Buhari has also condemned the killing.

In a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, President Buhari said the news of the killing of the young lady by fellow students was a matter of concern.

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He, therefore, demanded an impartial, extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident.

The President stated that Muslims all over the world demand respect for the holy prophets, including Isah (Alaihissalaam, Jesus Christ) and Muhammad (SAW).

He, however, explained that where transgressions occur, as alleged to be the case in this instance, the law does not allow anyone to take matters into their hands.

President Buhari stressed that religious leaders have always preached that it was not for a believer to judge the actions of another person and the constituted authority must be allowed to deal with such matters when they arise.

“No person has the right to take the law into his or her own hands in this country. Violence has and never will solve any problem,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.

‘I Will Miss Him’: Osinbajo Visits Oyo To Pay Respect To Alaafin

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo paid a condolence visit to the palace of the Alaafin of Oyo on April 29, 2022. Tolani Alli/State House
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo paid a condolence visit to the palace of the Alaafin of Oyo on April 29, 2022. Tolani Alli/State House

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo visited the Alaafin’s palace in Oyo on Friday to pay his respects to Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.

According to a statement signed by spokesperson Laolu Akande, the Vice President described the late royal father as “a philosopher king.”

“He understood the place of the correct representation of the history, heritage and political economy of a people in imbuing self-worth and self-esteem in the people and by such means, the building of a proud and patriotic people,” Osinbajo said, as quoted in the statement.

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“In his writings and speeches, he argued vigorously that the Oyo system of governance and especially the relationship between the Alaafin and the Oye Mesi was a precursor to the concepts of the rule of law and separation of powers made popular by Dicey and Montesquieu.

“I will miss the times I spent with him in Ibadan and Abuja debating sundry national and international issues. I have always come away with the impression that the monarchy may have hidden away one of the best minds of this generation. But his books and articles at least help us to get a second-hand feel of his remarkable intellect and erudition.

“My sincere condolences to the Royal family, the Governor and the people of Oyo State and all of us who mourn his passing. May his memory remain blessed.”

Osinbajo Present As Yemi Ogunbiyi Launches Memoir At 75

 

Celebrated journalist and scholar Yemi Ogunbiyi on Friday publicly presented his memoir titled ‘The Road Never Forgets’ in Lagos.

The book launch event was part of the author’s 75th birthday celebrations.

Dignitaries at the event include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Prof. Wole Soyinka; Ogun and Ekiti State Governors: Dapo Abiodun, and Kayode Fayemi; former Ogun and Osun State Governors: Aremo Olusegun Osoba, and Rauf Aregbesola; a former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku; and Prof. Femi Osofisan, who reviewed the book, among others.

Vice President Osinbajo spoke on the significance of the book, according to a statement signed by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande.

“Anyone who has had a chance like me to read this book will agree that not only does the road never forget, but the elephant that walked the road has a phenomenal memory,” the Vice President said.

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“The elephant as you know forgets nothing, its brain is 5kg in weight. So, The Elephant in this room – if you will pardon the pun – Dr. Ogunbiyi, surely forgets little.

“He speaks of a broad spectrum of issues from his childhood and youth through to events that happened just last year with the same mind-boggling freshness of memory. Yemi Ogunbiyi’s story is at once the life story of a truly remarkable individual and at the same time, the story of a country. And who better to tell the story of Nigeria, the magical possibilities of our ethnic blending, than one born in Kano of a Yoruba father and an Igbo mother and whose first language was Hausa.”

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo attended the book launch of Yemi Ogunbiyi on April 15, 2022. Tolani Alli/State House
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo attended the book launch of Yemi Ogunbiyi on April 15, 2022. Tolani Alli/State House

 

Osinbajo added: ‘“in this contemporary history of Nigeria, it turns out by some quirk of circumstance, that the author is present in critical events that occurred in Nigeria. He had a ringside seat during the ‘wetie period’ in the old Western Region by virtue of the fact that Ibadan Boys High School was located behind the Awolowo home in Ibadan. His first open day at Kings College was the day of the first coup in Nigeria and he was right there when Adekunle Adepeju was fatally shot at UI.

“So, in telling his own compelling story, we are led through the nationalistic idealism of the pre-colonial days, the excitement of civil rule and its tragic denouement, then Military rule, a curious diarchy, other iterations of civil rule, and all manner of contemporary events. He engages every subject honestly, openly and frankly, somehow it almost seems that by his open vulnerable style he disarms and commands empathy and admiration.”

He said the book is a powerful memoir of a life shaped by history as much as great successes and redemption, as the VP noted that Ogunbiyi would go on to “become the brilliant university teacher, newspaper executive, debonair, connoisseur of wine and collector of fine art, equally at home in modern and traditional settings.”

Osinbajo To Host APC Senators To Ramadan Dinner On Tuesday

FILE: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo speaks at the combined convocation ceremony of the Federal University, Wukari, in Taraba State on February 12, 2022. Credit: State House.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will host Senators of the All Progressives Congress to an iftar dinner on Tuesday by 6:30pm.

Iftar is the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.

The notice of invitation was conveyed in a letter read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at the start of plenary, a spokesman said via a statement.

The letter was signed by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, the statement added.

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The venue of the iftar dinner is Aguda House, Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The dinner comes one day after the Vice President declared his intention to run for President in 2023.

Group Backs Osinbajo’s Interest In Presidency, Says Declaration Not An Affront On Tinubu

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN attends as the Special Guest of Honor the 53rd Annual Nigerian Association of Law Teachers Conference on February 8, 2022. Photo: Tolani Alli.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN attends as the Special Guest of Honor the 53rd Annual Nigerian Association of Law Teachers Conference on February 8, 2022. Photo: Tolani Alli.

 

A support group, The Osinbajo Think Tank has applauded the declaration of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, describing him as the preferred Presidential candidate under the All Progressives Congress.

The Spokesman of the group, Olugbenga Olaoye said this on Tuesday, while fielding questions in Lagos, a statement signed by Femi Olaiya for the TOTT said.

Olaoye noted that Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s cognitive experience in the corridor of power for seven years, coupled with his unbeatable CV are part of the needed criteria to deliver better democratic projects for Nigeria and Nigerians.

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Responding to a question “if Osinbajo’s interest to contest would not be seen as betrayal to his political head, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is also nursing a presidential ambition”, Olaoye said Osinbajo’s interest in the Presidency is not in any way an affront.

Mr. Olaoye said “the Osinbajo Think Tank group believes that the declaration of the vice president to have a shot at 2023 presidency, does not translate to betrayal or affront, rather it has opened the political space where true Patriots, like him would likely align with and vote for him in the 2023 Presidential Election regardless of any party affiliations”.

He however maintained that before Osinbajo’s declaration, Nigerians had seen the signs that he is likely to be the one to continue from where President Mohammadu Buhari stops.

“Osinbajo’s declaration is a bid to continue where the present administration has stopped. He is intellectually sound, and I am certain, he will right every wrong when he gets there. He has thorough understanding of national issues vis-a-vis complexity, endowed abilities and the right temperaments to equitable, just and peaceful solution”, Olaoye said.

He noted that Osinbajo is the man whom the cap fits at this time in the history of the Nation, adding that he has a mandate to take Nigeria to the promised land, in an atmosphere of peace, happiness, safety and plenty.

Olaoye said “this puts PYO ahead of all aspirants from and geopolitical zones of Nigeria including Southwest”.

Speaking further, Olaoye said with Prof. Yemi Osinbajo’s interest in the 2023 Presidency, Southwest has a brighter chance to produce the next president.

Olaoye said, “Professor Yemi Osinbajo, as at today, survey shows the most preferred candidate among all those who have declared interest in the Presidency”.

“His, is the only declaration that has brought out an ecstatic excitement amongst the people”, he added.

He added, with the declaration of Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who he noted is eminently qualified, “it is glaring that the nation is getting ready for a breakthrough”.

“PYO is a formidable member of the All Progressives Congress. Nigeria at this time needs someone who is intellectually capable, articulate and able to inspire Nigerians.

He has proven to be an embodiment of loyalty and through his various roles in different national and international engagements, Osinbajo, no doubt is a round peg in a round hole”, Olaoye said.

Mr. Olugbenga Olaoye, an Oil and Gas magnate who also maintained that Osinbajo has enjoyed support from over four hundred groups across the nation, even before his declaration, insisted that Osinbajo’s declaration is in view of moving the nation forward.

“From an independent analysis, I can categorically say that Osinbajo has been the preferred candidate within the rank and file of the ruling APC.

He therefore appealed to party leaders, not to win the battle and lose the war, by ensuring the party fields a generally acceptable candidate like Yemi Osinbajo in the forthcoming general elections.

According to him, Osinbajo’s distinctive competence, nationwide popularity, intellectual capability which nobody can doubt stands him out and makes it difficult for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other aspirants to beat.