- A pro-Osinbajo group has accused an unnamed House of Representatives member of planning to defame Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
- According to the group, the federal lawmaker is working for one of the 2023 presidential hopefuls at the moment
- The group noted that Osinbajo, like any other politician, has a right to be interested in succeeding his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari
FCT, Abuja - The Osinbajo Grassroot Organisation has disclosed that plans are being perfected by some unscrupulous element to defame Vice President Yemi Osinbajo ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
According to the group, the plans include a smear campaign and character assassination of the vice president.
The group made this known through a statement signed by its national convener, Ojo Sylvanus Foluso, and sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, December 8.
Part of the statement read:
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“It has come to our notice that some political jobbers led by a fellow in the House of Representatives have come together with an agenda to defame Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo so that they can give their candidate an edge.
“We have seen and have been privy to some of these plans in the past but we have chosen to ignore him and his co-travelers. With the recent one, they are trying to embark upon, we can no longer keep silent hence the need to issue this statement.
“We do not believe this is how to play politics. Let everyone who feels he is qualified for the position of president of Nigeria take his matter to the electorates.
“Let them put their qualifications before the people. Let them come up with well-articulated programmes and agenda to consolidate President Muhammadu Buhari’s legacy and move the country to another level.
“For anyone to think that the path for him to rise is to destroy another, destruction awaits such a person at the gate. We, therefore, want to sound a note of warning for the jobbers that if they attack Osinbajo we may be pushed to go after their principal as well.
“We however do not believe in the politics of mud-slinging. We do not even know why they fear so much a man who is yet to declare an interest in becoming president.
“For the fact that they think Osinbajo is their only obstacle to power, we shall heighten our pressure on him to harken to our call and enter the ring.
“Osinbajo is as qualified as any other Nigerian and his right is guaranteed under the law of this country to seek the highest office. We are not practicing monarchy whereby someone can be said not to have blue blood. The qualification for the office is very clear and Osibajo has this in abundance and it can not be questioned.
“He is well educated, knowledgeable, and exposed. He has no baggage of any kind and he is well-loved and respected across the country. Yes, he is not wealthy. His riches are in his knowledge, his hard work, and his integrity which we all can attest to.
“This is specifically why he is most qualified at this time to assume the position of leadership in Nigeria after another man of integrity has completed his term. He is just, he is reliable, he is not greedy and he will not convert the commonwealth of Nigeria to his own and that of his family.
“He treats everyone equally, poor or rich, Christian or Muslim, king or plebeian. As Nasiru El Rufai once said 'Osinbajo is as comfortable in the midst of Alfas as he is with pastors.' He is a friend to Kabiyesis as he is with Emirs and Obis.
“He is fair and just, not minding whether you are from the North or South, Hausa- Fulani, Yoruba or Igbo, Bachama or Junkun, Kanuri or Efik.
“So we call on you the hatchet man to sheath your sword so that you don’t bring opprobrium on whoever you may be working for. A word is enough for the wise.”
2023: 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 recently, 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.
Group Says Osinbajo is Best Qualified to Consolidate the Legacies of Buhari
Similarly, the Progressive Consolidation Group (PCG) has insisted that 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 APC and Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni.
The letter was in response to the APC's recognition of the PCG as a support group within the party.