It will be Disservice if I Don’t contest 2023 Presidential Election – Osinbajo
26 APRIL 2022
The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, has declared that it would amount to a disservice to Nigeria if he failed to contest the presidency in 2023.
The VP said this in Akure, the Ondo State capital, in an address to delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State.
Osinbajo, who is a Senior Pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church God, declared that the hand of God is upon him.
The law Professor, who has been President Muhammadu Buhari’s second in command for seven years, declared that it would also amount to a betrayal of Nigerians if he allowed the experience has gained over the years to end up in retirement and writing memoirs.
“Opportunity of public service is the most valuable thing. It comes once in a while. It is a special privilege to be called upon to serve. Our country needs service. That is what will get our country out of doldrums.
“I have formally declared my intention to run as President. It was because nobody can be anything if God has not decided it. I believe the hand of God must be upon me.
“In those capacity, I got to find out so many things and gained lots of experience. I had opportunities to do what I could do. Knowing what I know and experience I think it will be a betrayal to our Nation.
“With all that has been given to me, I now retire quietly, it will be a great disservice to our country. I want to ensure I make the best case for the position I can.
“Now the opportunity has come, knowing what I know and the experience I have had, it will be a betrayal if all that I have been given I now retire to either Lagos or Ikenne to write memoirs, it will be a great injustice.
“I have come to you because you can make it happen as delegates. We make sure that. Nobody can be anything unless God says you will become what He has planned. God will make it happen and we will give the nation the best.”
Osinbajo’s declaration to run for the presidency has met with criticism from several quarters, including the man who is regarded as his political godfather, Bola Tinubu.
The two-term former governor of Lagos State is also running for the presidency and has not found Osinbajo’s pursuit very interesting. On the day that Osinbajo declared his intention, Tinubu was reminded by his associates that his ‘son’ had also declared to run for the coveted seat.
Responding, Tinubu was quoted to have said: “I have no son old enough to declare for the presidency”.
Osinbajo served as Commissioner of Justice and Attorney-General while Tinubu was governor of Lagos. It is also public knowledge that it was Tinubu that recommended him to Buhari as Vice President.