- Reports of a new campaign office opened by Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja has been denied
- Support groups campaign for the vice president ahead of 2023 have clarified that they own the facility
- The groups also noted that the facility is for them to carry out their activities pending when Osinbajo heeds their call to contest
FCT, Abuja - The Progressive Consolidation Group, PCG, has denied some media reports claiming that Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has opened a campaign office in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
According to a statement sent to Legit.ng by Barrister Emmanuel Pippa, publicity secretary of the group, the office referred to in the publications, belongs to support groups rooting for the vice president to be the next president of Nigeria in 2023.
Part of the statement read:
“Our attention has just been brought to a Blueprint publication online which alleges that the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has opened a campaign office in Abuja ahead of the 2023 elections.
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The group said there is a need for clarification on its mandate in line with the support for the vice president's ambition to lead Nigeria in 2023.
Noting that their administrative office is located in the Wuse area of Abuja, the group said the vice president is yet to be briefed on the activities of the project which includes coordination of youth and women across the country.
The group noted that party chieftains will lead the real campaign when the time comes in due course.
The statement added:
“Being a heartbeat away from the number one job, there are countless APC members and even, non-partisan citizens across the federation who are pushing for Professor Yemi Osinbajo to succeed or highly revered President Buhari, solely in the interest of the nation.
“We are convinced that Osinbajo’s level of familiarity with the vision, achievements, and challenges being handled by President Buhari is second to none and that such insight would enable a new APC administration to hit the ground running in 2023.
“We anticipate that various new and existing pro-Osinbajo platforms will become part of the group to which their focus appears more relevant.”
Meanwhile, the Osinbajo Grassroot Organisation has announced that the vice president will be in Ibadan on Tuesday, November 22 to launch the Yoruba World Centre project.
He will be joined by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and eminent Yoruba leaders, under the chairmanship of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.
PCG Says Osinbajo is Best Qualified to Consolidate the Legacies of Buhari
Recall that the PCG recently declared that VP Osinbajo is the best-qualified person to succeed President Buhari in 2023.
The group made this known via its convener, Aliyu Kurfi, in a letter to the National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni.
The letter seen by Legit.ng, was in response to the APC's recognition of the PCG as a support group within the party.
2023: Northern Youth Group Vows to Mobilise 20 Million Votes for Osinbajo
In a related development, a northern youth group, Osinbajo Awareness Campaign (OAC), has launched a campaign to galvanise support for the vice president ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
The group recently unveiled a platform to mobilise 20 million youths across the 19 northern states and Federal Capital Territory in solidarity with Osinbajo.
Speaking at the launch of its Kano secretariat and campaign vehicles on Sunday, October 17, the national coordinator of the group, Mubarak Haruna declared that Nigeria needs a highly patriotic and genuinely detribalised leader like Osinbajo who can drive the country to greater heights.