- A pro-Osinbajo support group has dismissed some reports claiming that the vice president is not interested in the 2023 presidential race
- The group noted that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo cannot pull out of a race he has not shown interest in contesting
- The Progressive Consolidation Group also stated that its members will not be drawn into verbal brick-bats ahead of 2023
FCT, Abuja - The Progressive Consolidation Group (PCG) has declared that Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo's strong focus on his responsibilities, along with a non-desperate disposition towards the 2023 presidential race has further energized his support base nationwide.
The PCG made the declaration in response to speculations that the vice president may have attended a meeting and renounced his 2023 bid to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group noted that Osinbajo is yet to even accede to citizen-based calls to contest the elections, hence there is no ground for pulling out of the race.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, October 24, PCG chairman, Dr. Aliyu Kurfi expressed total satisfaction with the increasing gale of support for Professor Osinbajo in the last few weeks.
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He further stressed that as genuine progressives, PCG members will not be drawn into needless conflicts with others who wish to contest or back other candidates for the 2023 presidential elections.
Part of the statement read:
“Our dear Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN remains loyal to his boss, President Buhari, he is focused on the job and he has never been known for desperate politicking.
“Specifically, it must be stated that an outrageous lie that the VP attended any meeting to renounce 2023 presidential ambition or bow to any politician for same, remains an absolute falsehood; how can he renounce what he is even yet to accept or declare?
“The wishy-washy concocted reports about Professor Osinbajo having any meeting with any individual or group about a purported withdrawal from the 2023 presidential race is about an illusory event which only happened in the fertile imagination of mischievous persons.
“Every well-informed Nigerian knows that PCG is the very first 2023 support group to be formally recognised by our progressive party, APC and we have never sought to prevent or discourage others from following in our footsteps because VP Osinbajo will not subscribe to dirty political games that some typically desperate politicians play.
“While VP Osinbajo’s consistent loyalty to Mr. President, the APC and Nigeria continue to energize an increasing number of groups and individuals who genuinely believe in our party’s progressive cause, greedy and desperate political elements along with their manipulated perspectives must be kept at bay.”
PCG says Osinbajo is best qualified to consolidate the legacies of Buhari
Recall that the PCG recently declared that Osinbajo is the best-qualified person to succeed President Buhari in 2023.
Kurfi made this known in a letter to the National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni.
The letter dated Friday, October 8, and seen by Legit.ng, was in response to the APC's recognition of the PCG as a support group within the party.