Ogun State people will support the presidential aspiration of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, he is eminently qualified to be President, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has said.
Governor Abiodun made the disclosure on Tuesday when he played host to Vice President Osinbajo, who was on a visit to Ogun, to meet with delegates of the state All Progressive States (APC).
He lauded the presidential ambition of Prof Osinbajo, saying support for him would enable him to continue with some of the good projects of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Osinbajo, on his arrival to Ogun State, had visited the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, where he received the royal blessing for the realisation of his presidential ambition.
He also paid homage to the palaces of the Alake of Egbaland, and Paramount Ruler of Egba Kingdom, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo III, and Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle.
Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Ajayi, in his remarks, described the Vice President as a competent leader, with the required qualification to lead Nigeria, while he lauded Osinbajo’s performance as the Acting President, saying, they were there for all to see.
Also at his palace, speaking on the presidential ambition of the Vice President, Prof Osinbajo, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Gbadebo, prayed for the realisation of the Osinbajo 2023 Presidency, saying, the Nigeria of our dreams will come in your time.
The royal father described Osinbajo as a competent leader, positing that: “The Vice President has paid his dues and is eminently qualified to be President.
“I want to pray that you will come back to this Palace as a President and Nigeria will gain tremendously under your watch,” Alake said.
The Ogun State stakeholders meeting with the VP was held at different locations in the state, first at the Akarigbo’s Palace in Sagamu, the Alake Palace in Abeokuta and the Presidential Lodge, Ibara, Abeokuta, as well as the Palace of Olu of Ilaro and Paramount ruler of Yewaland.
Governor Abiodun at the meetings commended Vice President Osinbajo for his quality contributions to government and nation-building in the last seven years, which he said were pivotal to many successes recorded by the Federal Government.
According to him, Osinbajo is “eminently qualified to lead the country.”
“The Vice President here in a homecoming visit. We are pleased with his decision to run for the Office of the President. He is competent and committed to leading the country in a higher capacity.
“Your steadfastness, integrity and character are all well known. You are serving this country and the President meritoriously for the past seven years as the Vice President.
“We do not doubt that you will do well as the president and we will support you,” Governor Abiodun stated.
Abiodun praised the academic excellence of Osinbajo, recalling how he stood behind him during the last governorship election, while he described him as a man who is interested in fairness, justice, equity and the rule of law.
Reacting, Vice President Osinbajo said he was not in the state to campaign, but to inform his people of his intention to run for the Office of the President, adding that he had consulted widely across all sections of the society, including with President Buhari before he made up his mind to succeed his principal.
The Vice President also commended Governor Abiodun-led government in Ogun State for the giant strides it has recorded in the last three years.
Osinbajo spoke of his contributions to governance and developments, part of which he said was his active involvement in the judiciary reforms and its repositioning to work optimally, while also ensuring that judges were adequately remunerated.
The Vice President said his working engagements with President Buhari had exposed him to governance at the highest level and placed him in a position to face serious issues concerning the economy, and security, among others.
“The Vice President position is an opportunity to serve and I have served with utmost loyalty. I put everything into my work. I am a candidate who will hit the ground running when I am elected.
“I have the requisite knowledge to do the job and build on what others have put in place. My Presidency will bring peace, unity and development to the country.
“After all, I have learnt if called upon to serve the nation, should I say No? I have decided that I will run for the office. I have sworn an oath to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is an oath to our people, our children and the future of Nigeria. I owe nobody else any allegiance outside the oath,” Osinbajo said.