2023: Nigerian Youths to Osinbajo: You won

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, acknowledging cheers from supporters as he arrived for the recently concluded national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday, June 6, 2022. Photos: State House/Tolani Alli

By Marvellous Nyang

The voice of the Nigerian youth initiative has lauded the leadership of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, despite the turnout of events at the recently concluded national convention of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), telling him: “You won.”

The outcome of the APC Presidential Primaries had produced Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the presidential candidate of the APC for the 2023 general elections.

Disclosing this on Friday, in a statement signed by the Co-Founder of the initiative, Mrs Temi Okesanjo, the young Nigerians expressed their heartfelt conviction that the VP won because they believed in his leadership and the hope he inspires.

Below is the full statement:

It is our firm belief that regardless of the outcome of your party primaries, you are a winner.

You won because the Nigerian youths believe in your leadership and the joy that comes with the hope you bring, the hope many had lost before now.

You won because those who hijacked and controlled the process altered what would have been a voluntary embrace of change.

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You won because we will continue to look up to you for answers even as we do not see clearly when you will be crowned to give these answers.

They say people shouldn’t have what they didn’t fight for, but the ones who couldn’t be induced didn’t get a chance to vote.

We didn’t let you down, they know we wouldn’t is why it was mandatory to hijack the initial process of voting for our next president

You come with a different sense of capacity to change, the change that has been disbelieved and misunderstood by the people.

We are sad that the hijack of the process may have taken us 10 years backwards, but we are happy because we fought a good fight and we still have you with us.

We hope that you will continue to give yourself to this country the way you have done relentlessly, knowing we need you.

Your person and strength of character are almost unbelievable. You are so high up, yet gifted with a common touch that resonates with everyone.

You have taught us one of the most important lessons of life: to stand firm in spite of the many contrived and obstructing plots.

We urge you to go on because of our future and the future of our children.

Remember you won and the delay that the outcome has imposed is only temporary.

We are already looking forward, for in the future lies the realization of our dreams of a greater nation.

God Bless Nigeria.