- VP Osinbajo says he owes a duty to Nigerians to contest for the presidency in the 2023 general elections
- The vice president said it will amount to betrayal if he abandons the race, especially since the country needs good leadership at the moment
- Osinbajo made the assertion while trying to woo APC members in Ondo state on his side ahead of the party's presidential primary
Akure - Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Monday, April 25 visited the Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, and some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state as the presidential primary of the party, draws nearer.
The Punch newspaper reports that the visit may not be unconnected to part of the consultation tour being embarked by Osinbajo to APC members across the country as the forthcoming presidential primary of the party draws closer.
The vice president, who expressed his readiness to contest the presidential election in 2023, said it would amount to an act of betrayal to the country if he failed to serve Nigeria.
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“Opportunity comes once in a while. It is also a privilege to serve. Our country needs service that will bring the country out of the wood.
“Nobody can be anything without the endorsement of God. I declare my intention based on the fact that I have served for over seven months as acting president. I was given very serious responsibility as an acting president.
“Now the opportunity has come, with the experience that I have, the connection and contacts that I have both locally and internationally, it will be a betrayal to the country not to accept to serve the country.
“Many people are dying for the country every day. If with all that has been given to me by the grace of God, all experience, I now retire to Lagos or Ikene to go and be writing my memoir, it would be a great injustice to this country.”
In his remarks, Akeredolu said the delegates from the state love and respect him but said it is God that enthrones.
“It is only God that can enthrone, if God says it is you (Osinbajo), it will be you.”
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Meanwhile, if the pulse online is anything to go by this week, VP Osinbajo is the leading favourite to become APC presidential candidate ahead of the 2023 general elections.
This is according to different surveys conducted by organisations on who Nigerians prefer as the candidate of the ruling party.
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In terms of raw numbers, the figures released by the pollsters indicate a sampling running into tens of thousands of respondents online.
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In a related development, members of The Progressives Project (TPP) have expressed their readiness to procure the APC expression of interest and nomination forms for Osinbajo in pursuit of his presidential ambition.
The director-general of the Osinbajo campaign organisation, Senator Kabiru Gaya made this known to reporters in Abuja on Thursday, April 21 adding that the gesture speaks volume of the depth of acceptability of Osinbajo among Nigerians.
Gaya who chairs the Senate committee on INEC maintained that Osinbajo would not be intimidated by his adversaries to drop his presidential ambition.