2023 Polls: Osinbajo Visits Sokoto, Says Nigeria Unity Paramount

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

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has called on Nigerians, especially its leaders to work hard to maintain the unity of the country.

He stated this on Wednesday at the palace of the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, when he paid homage to the traditional ruler.

Nigeria, according to the Vice President, is respected and seen as a great nation in the comity of nations because of the unity and diversity of the country.

He was in Sokoto to meet with delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in continuation of his consultation for his presidential bid.

Professor Osinbajo’s visit to the state comes four days to the presidential primary of the ruling party scheduled to take place on Sunday.

In his remarks, the Sultan called on the government to tame the activities of troublemakers, especially those fanning the ember of violence through social media.

He expressed sadness over the report of the murder of a pregnant woman of northern extraction with her children in Anambra State in the south-eastern part of the country.

The traditional ruler also urged leaders at various levels across the country to redouble efforts in establishing and restoring unity and peaceful coexistence among the people, irrespective of their ethnic, religious, and political backgrounds.

Following his meeting with the Sultan, Professor Osinbajo proceeded to meet with the delegates of the ruling party behind closed doors.

At the end of the meeting, he told reporters that the APC was lucky to have qualified presidential aspirants seeking to fly the party’s flag in the forthcoming general elections.

2023: Osinbajo Arrives In Imo To Continue Presidential Campaign

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on May 20, 2022, visited Imo State to campaign for the 2023 APC presidential primaries.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on May 20, 2022, visited Imo State to campaign for the 2023 APC presidential primaries.

 

The Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Friday travelled to Owerri, the Imo state capital via the Sam Mbakwe Airport.

The purpose of his visit to Imo state is to woo party delegates ahead of the All Progressive Congress’ presidential primaries billed to hold later this month.

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He was received by the Imo state Governor Hope Uzodimma, APC Chairman in Imo state, McDonald Amadi, other state executives of the party, Imo state top government functionaries and party supporters.

After leaving the airport, the Vice President proceeded to the palace of the Chairman of Imo state council of traditional rulers Emma Okeke to make his intentions known.

He is also scheduled to visit the APC state secretariat to meet with delegates.

The Vice President had campaigned in Rivers State on Thursday.

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.”

‘Put Sentiments Aside,’ Osinbajo Asks Nigerians To Elect The Best In 2023

A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

Nigerians must put sentiments aside and elect the best in choosing leaders into elective positions, especially in 2023.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, stated this in his interactions with stakeholders and delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday in Akwa Ibom, the 16th state he has since visited in his nationwide consultations with party delegates.

Restating that his aspiration to become president is hinged on giving his best in service to the country, the VP said, “this coming election (2023), beginning with primaries, may be the most significant for our generation, and generations to come.”

“I am sure that God helping me, if I am given the opportunity to do the job, I will give my best. By God’s grace, I believe that this country will be better. Each and every one of us will know that difference.”

Professor Osinbajo added that he chose to offer himself in service to the country as president come 2023 because of his firm belief in, and dedication to Nigeria’s great future and destiny.

Calling on delegates and Nigerians alike to partner with him to make the country better, he added, “what I am offering as an individual is a commitment to developing this nation in the way that other nations of the world have been developed, the pace that other nations of the world have been developed.”

Prior to his meeting with the APC delegates, the Vice President had on arrival in Akwa Ibom received a warm welcome at the airport from the state governor, Emmanuel Udom.

Governor Udom was also accompanied by a former deputy governor of the state and former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Obong Nsima Ekere; Senator Ita Enang, among other senior state government officials and notable political leaders.

Professor Osinbajo also received a robust welcome from large crowds, with dancing and singing by the traditional troupe, while waves of excited support groups and residents lined the roadsides and curbs.

He acknowledged the cheers as his convoy drove into Uyo where he first paid a courtesy call on members of the state’s Traditional Council of Chiefs led by their President- General and Paramount Ruler of Nsit Ubium, His Eminence Nteyin Solomon Etuk.

The Vice President who formally informed the Council of his intention to run for president in 2023, thanked the Council for the warm reception and hospitality.

In his remarks, the royal father described Professor Osinbajo as a cherished one, who is cherished wherever he goes, adding that he is “a symbol of love, peace and unity of this country.”

“The Vice President is a cherished personality; he is cherished at home, cherished abroad, and cherished everywhere he goes. He is a good friend of the state. He’s also here with us,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by Osinbajo’s media aide, Laolu Akande.

“What I want to say, on behalf of the Akwa Ibom State Traditional Council, is that the Almighty God that knows the beginning also knows the end. He knew you before you were born. He will protect you, guide you right, and show you the way to go. When you become the president, please remember us.”

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 Deborah 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.

Osinbajo, Tinubu, Others Submit Nomination Forms At APC Secretariat

A photo combination of former Governor Bola Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, have submitted their presidential nomination and expression of interest forms.

This comes as the ruling party extends the deadline for the submission of nomination and expression of interest forms by aspirants seeking various elective offices till Friday.

Professor Osinbajo and Tinubu – a former governor of Lagos State – were among other party faithful who submitted their forms on Wednesday at the APC Secretariat in Abuja ahead of the party’s primaries.

The Vice President was represented by the Senate Committee Chairman on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Senator Kabiru Gaya, who also led the team that picked his forms.

Tinubu, on the other hand, was represented by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.

Meanwhile, three other presidential aspirants and three governorship aspirants have also submitted their forms at the party’s national office in the nation’s capital.

They are former Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; and former vice-presidential candidate and popular pastor, Tunde Bakare.

While Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State is seeking re-election for a second term in office, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar, are joining the race to be governors of Kebbi and Abia States respectively.

What FG Is Doing To Ramp Up Nigeria’s Security Architecture – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo spoke at the 60th anniversary ceremony of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, in Osun State, on December 11, 2021. Tolani Alli/State House
A file photo of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has restated the seriousness with which the Muhammadu Buhari administration is confronting the security challenges in the country.

He assured Nigerians that the results and outcomes of the keen efforts of the Federal Government were certainly underway.

Professor Osinbajo spoke over the weekend at the Presidential Villa when he received a delegation from the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) led by its President, Pastor Samuel Oladele, at his Aguda residence on Saturday evening.

“It’s a huge country and with the security challenges, we need to ramp up resources, men, and equipment,” he was quoted as saying in a statement on Sunday by his media aide, Laolu Akande.

“We need to ramp up the numbers, use of technology, get more military platforms and arms, and ammunition,” he stated, adding that all of these were in progress.

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Explaining the situation further, the Vice President noted that at times, some of these things take some time.

For instance, he recalled that the Federal Government ordered and fully paid over $469 million for the Tucano fighter jets about four years ago, but only got delivered last year.

He, however, assured Nigerians that the government was already “getting a handle on it.”

“Now we are reconfiguring our security, local ammunition manufacturing is on the cards and a lot of work is going on. We pray we see some of the results soon.

“Our country has potential if we can keep having honest leadership. When I decided I will run for office, I thought, let’s even put our minds to it. I have seen it for seven years and I know it can be done”

Earlier in his remarks, Pastor Oladele extended greetings and appreciation to President Buhari for his leadership, saying he has always personally admired the President.

“I have been a great admirer of the President since he was Head of State and so we encourage him to do more for the peace and prosperity of our country. We believe that all will be well with the nation,” he said.

2023 Presidency: Support Groups Pick Up Nomination Form For Osinbajo

Senator Kabiru Gaya (L) on May 5, 2022 picked up forms in Abuja enabling Vice President Yemi Osinbajo contest for the APC presidential primaries.
Senator Kabiru Gaya (L) on May 5, 2022 picked up forms in Abuja enabling Vice President Yemi Osinbajo contest for the APC presidential primaries.

 

Nomination and expression of interest forms were on Thursday picked up for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja.

The forms will enable him contest in the All Progressives Congress’ presidential primaries.

It was obtained on behalf of the Vice President by Senator Kabiru Gaya.

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Senator Gaya, who represents Kano-South in the Senate, is the Coordinator of Osinbajo Support Groups.

The forms cost N100 million.

2023: Osinbajo Seeks Support In Ogun, Receives Royal Blessings

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday met with critical stakeholders in Ogun state as part of his ongoing consultations towards the realisation of his 2023 presidential ambitions

Addressing the Remo traditional rulers, the traditional council and members of the All Progressives Congress in Remo, the Vice President said he was the best man for the job with a track-record of experience, patriotism and the fear of God.

He also met behind closed doors with party officials and delegate members to the presidential primary expected to take place in Abuja next month

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The Vice-President was accompanied by Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

The Governor commended Osinbajo’s purposeful leadership and expressed support for his aspiration.

The Akarigbo and Paramount ruler of Remo-land, Babatunde Ajayi, also gave his royal blessings and prayed for the success of the Vice President’s ambition.

Osinbajo To Visit Monarch, APC Chieftains In Ogun

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.

 

The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, is expected to visit Ogun State today as part of his strategic consultations with stakeholders for his presidential ambition.

He is expected to visit the Akarigbo of Remo land, the Alake of Egba land and hold consultations with chieftains of the Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress and delegates to the party’s presidential primary.

On Monday, the VP visited stakeholders of the party in Ondo State as well as the Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

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During the visit, Osinbajo reiterated that having served as Acting President for months, that has given him the needed experience to lead Nigeria come 2023.

According to him, it will, therefore, be a betrayal to the country if he doesn’t contest.

“Many people are dying for the country every day. If with all that has been given to me by the grace of God — all the experience — I now retire to Lagos or Ikenne to go and write my memoir, it would be a great injustice to this country,” the Vice President said.

“Now the opportunity has come, with the experience that I have, the connection and contacts that I have both locally and internationally, it will be a betrayal to the country not to accept to serve the country.

“Nobody can be anything without the endorsement of God. I declare my intention based on the fact that I have served for over seven months as acting president. I was given very serious responsibility as an acting president.”

Last week he had also visited the Olubadan of Ibadan, Senator Lekan Balogun to officially inform him of his presidential ambition.

The monarch, in turn, offered his blessings to the Vice President saying: “I conclude my contribution to you by handing you over to Allah, let him protect you”.

2023: I’m Contesting In Order Not To Betray Nigerians – Osinbajo

 

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday said it will be a betrayal to Nigeria if he doesn’t contest the presidency in the 2023 general elections.

Speaking during a visit to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu and stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Osinbajo said aside from his current position, having served as acting president for months has also given him the needed experience to lead Nigeria.

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“Many people are dying for the country every day. If with all that has been given to me by the grace of God — all the experience — I now retire to Lagos or Ikenne to go and write my memoir, it would be a great injustice to this country,” the Vice President said.

“Now the opportunity has come, with the experience that I have, the connection and contacts that I have both locally and internationally, it will be a betrayal to the country not to accept to serve the country.

“Nobody can be anything without the endorsement of God. I declare my intention based on the fact that I have served for over seven months as acting president. I was given very serious responsibility as an acting president.”

On his part, Akeredolu said the delegates from the state love and respect him but said it is God that enthrones.

Since Osinbajo announced his intention to run for president on April 11, he has been travelling round the country to seek support for his ambition.

2023 Presidency: Osinbajo Visits Olubadan, Receives Royal Blessings

 

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Friday, visited the Olubadan of Ibadan, Senator Lekan Balogun to officially inform him of his presidential ambition.

The monarch, in turn, offered his blessings to the Vice President saying: “I conclude my contribution to you by handing you over to Allah, let him protect you”.

The VP also met with All Progressives Congress (APC) delegates in Oyo State.

During the meeting, he said he was confident that the past seven years as VP have prepared him for a higher purpose.

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Presenting his political credentials before the delegates, the Vice President said he has spent the past couple of years in training and preparation.

He, therefore, believes that he has had ample experience to hit the ground running if elected as the next president to take over from Buhari.

Osinbajo formally declared his intention to run for President in 2023 on April 11.

“I am today, with utmost humility, formally declaring my intention to run for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of our great party, the All Progressives Congress,” he said in a video obtained by Channels Television.

His declaration brought an end to months of speculation over his interest in the 2023 presidential race and widens the pool of candidates for the position.