2023: Nigerians launch #RunOsinbajoRun in appeal for Osinbajo Presidency

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, acknowledging cheers from his teeming Nigerian fans during a recent public event. File photo: State House/Tolani Alli

By Oluwafemi Popoola

Nigerians, in the early hours of Thursday, March 24, 2022, moved en masse to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to solicit for the candidature of the Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

The call is coming 48 hours to the national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), slated for Saturday, 26 March, 2022.

With many recollecting Osinbajo’s achievements when he was Acting President in 2017, to his numerous feats as the Nigeria’s Vice President for being a groudbreaker of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led adminstration’s pro-people policies aimed at making life easier for people, the VP was implored to enter the 2023 race.

To register their appeal for Osinbajo’s 2023 run, the passionate Nigerians teeming Twitter with life, launched a hashtag, #RunOsinbajoRun, which remained on the trend table of the micro-blogging site, for several hours and had generated 5,844. tweets as at the time of writing this report.

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In the same vein, Nigerians also recalled Prof Osinbajo’s input during the End SARS controversy and his influence in the final dissolution of the notorious SARS unit while also commending his resolve at creating the idea of judicial panels of enquiry in all states of the federation to investigate all cases of police brutality across the nation.

Lauding President Buhari for setting the stage, the crusaders said Osinbajo’s numerous achievements as Vice President, have in many ways set the template for good governance in Nigeria, while some recalled that the Vice President had led two different committees that helped the country exit recession on different occasions.

Generally, responders, expressing their views on Twitters, said: “It is an undeniable fact that Prof Yemi Osinbajo has no doubt established a strong base upon which we he can consolidate upon for the future and his political ideology has stood the test of time. He is the man for this special moment. #RunOsinbajoRun” @AdewumiCollins tweeted.

Another user tweeted through the account, @proNigeria1 was appealing and begging the vice president to throw his hat into the ring.
“Dear Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, you’re the best man for the Presidency 2023 job. The fate of over 200 million Nigerians is tied to you obeying the call to lead us @ProfOsinbajo as we call on you. This is a passionate appeal to you, so Nigeria won’t miss out.
#RunOsinbajoRun 🇳🇬 ”

Below are some of the reactions of Nigerians:

“When I Tweet #RunOsinbajoRun this is what am talking about. A Leader with a full dose of Compassion and empathy. If you doubt this pls read about the North East Children Trust initiative of the VP and His wife.” Shade Disu tweeted.

“Of all the names popping up, i really want Osinbajo to run for the presidency. E get why…

He has been tested as the acting President 3ce & he didn’t disappoint. #RunOsinbajoRun”

“What Osinbajo did as acting president when Buhari was out of the country for medical treatment is enough to prove his capability

“The fate and destiny of over 200 million of world’s most populous black nation will be decided in 2023 and we have the right man for the job.

“With this definition of you, who else will Nigeria need if not you.
You can’t let this man and entire country down he truly knows you.

“Osinbajo is the best answer for 2023, he has done some things in the past that’s commendable
1. Institutional Reforms
When he served as Attorney General of Lagos State, Prof. Osinbajo is credited with undertaking far-reaching significant judicial… #RunOsinbajoRun”

“Nations are built by stakeholders who speak the truth. On the other hand, they are destroyed by those who withhold the same truth,” So let’s build a new Nigeria by cast our vote for true leader known as Prof Yemi Osinbajo

“The VP exudes the personality of a well accomplished, humble, loyal, dedicated and competent professional. He is the best man for job ahead of the 2023 presidential race. #RunOsinbajoRun”

“He is a brilliant man that understands the Economy and knows what’s best. He is a professor of humanitarian scientists.

Lately, there had been a proliferation of diverse Support Groups across the nation mobilizing for the “Osinbajo 2023 Presidency,” while urging him to declare his interest in the general elections.

The Vice President, however, has been tight-lipped about his rumoured presidential ambition. Although, both his body language and moves in the public space, however, show that he may be interested and probably waiting for the appropriate time to make his decision known to the public.