By Kehinde Adeoye
In the build up to the 2023 presidential elections, campaign posters seeking support for the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, ahead of the coming general elections were on Friday displayed at strategic locations in Ibadan, the the the city of Oyo State.
The campaign posters which a socio-political organisation, Osinbanjo For All Volunteer Group, has claimed responsibility for, did not specify the position Osinbajo would be vying for, but displayed only with the inscription: “Osinbajo for all 2023.”
However, in a statement jointly signed by OVG national coordinator, Peter Ogundeji, a.ka. Apata, and Oyo State coordinator, Emoruwa John Oluwadamilare, with the title: “Support Group Reaffirms Commitment to Osinbajo Vying for Presidency,” the group said, it is reaffirming its commitment to Osinbajo vying for Presidency.
Only recently, sometime last month, the same group claimed responsibility for the flooding Osogbo with different posters of Osinbajo.
This time round, the posters were seen at Dugbe Liabrary, Dugbe Jaiz Bank, Mokola under bridge, The Polytechnic of Ibadan gate area, First Bank, UI/Bodija Junction, Agodi Gate Area (Water Building), Iwo Road, beside Tantalizer, Old Ife Road Bridge, Challenge Junction, and Ring Road, after First Roundabout.
The group maintained that its wish is for Osinbajo to take the mantle of office come 2023.
In its statement, OVG said: “Irrespective of whether Prof Yemi Osinbajo has shown interest to run for 2023 presidency or not , ‘Osinbanjo For All Volunteer Group’ remains firmly committed to its stance that Osinbajo has all that it takes to take our country to its place in destiny comes 2023 and beyonds.”
The group said their campaign is not motivated by anyone as they are just a volunteer group.
“Our group which has membership across various geo-political zones both young and old, re-established that the Vice President or any of his relations nor his staff members have no hand in how the organization was formed or being run as we wholly a volunteer group.
“Let it be on record that Prof Yemi Osinbajo didn’t mandate us to do this. He didn’t authorize us to mobilise for him. We are young and old men and women who strongly believes in his capacity . It is in him we think we can entrust our future.So not withstanding his stand for now, in respect to 2023, we shall continue to promote him, we shall continue to let the world know those qualities we have seen in him that has attracted many of us to him.
“Considering our reach and spread we therefore call on our coordinators and members on the field across the country to continue to promote the ideas and ideals that our principal Vice President Osinbajo stands for.
“As a group which mostly comprises of youths we requires and demand a role model and that we have found in him as we cannot afford to fold our arms and allow just ordinary person who lacks the required capacity shattered the Nigeria of our dream.”