Vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo said he owes no one any allegiance asides from the oath he swore to the Federal Republic of Nigeria when he came into office in 2015.
Yemi Osinbajo Presidential Ambition
The vice-president, who is seeking the 2023 presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), spoke on Tuesday while addressing his supporters during a visit to Ogun state.
Osinbajo said he is fully prepared to take a shot at the presidency, noting that his experience serving under President Muhammadu Buhari has provided him with enough experience to take over the reins of power in 2023.
The vice-president said he had consulted widely across different sections of the society and leaders, including Buhari, before throwing his hat into the ring.
He said, “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.”
Recounting his contributions to the administration, Osinbajo said he was actively involved in the judiciary reforms and repositioning of the judicial sector for optimal operation.
He noted that working with Buhari had exposed him to governance at the highest level and placed him in a position to tackle serious issues concerning the economy and security, among others.
Osinbao stated, “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 I was appointed as vice-president, I had the unique opportunity of serving under President Muhammadu Buhari, who exposed me to practically every aspect of governance.
He exposed me to various things in government, and I had the opportunity to serve as acting president on several occasions. I know that governing at a high level requires some experience.
“And after a period of seven-and-a-half years of working as vice-president, seeing what many people have never seen, being able to participate at both local and international levels of governance, I know that God didn’t provide those opportunities simply so that I’ll go and sit down and write my memoir. No. God does not make mistakes. He provided those opportunities such that one day, I will be called upon to serve in a higher capacity — to serve as president.
“The opportunity to do so is an important one. And let nobody tell us any stories. The truth of the matter is that everywhere where I have served, I’ve served with utmost loyalty, commitment. I have put my reputation on the line — sometimes, even life. There is nowhere that those I served will not say I put in everything to make sure they succeed.
“With utmost humility, it is now evident that if there is anybody, any candidate, or aspirant, who on day one can hit the ground running, who on day one knows what to do, who will not spend another two years trying to decide what to do, that person is your son, Oluyemi Osinbajo. That is the objective truth.
“So, I want to say to you, that the opportunity that has come to me, that has come to you as brothers and sisters from Remo, is one we should approach diligently, with commitment and prayers.
“If God allows, it will be a great thing indeed for Remo, Ogun state, our country. I believe I have what is required at this time to serve this nation and ensure that we are able to give this country the best leadership.
“Let nobody confuse us. We can only have one son in Remo. And he is the one you are looking at now.”
KanyiDaily recalls that Yemi Osinbajo had claimed that it will be a great injustice and betrayal to Nigeria if he doesn’t contest the 2023 presidency with his vast experience in the last seven years in office.