VP Yemi Osinbajo Officially Declares for President

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, has formally declared his interest to contest the 2023 Presidential Election.

Osinbajo made the declaration in a short broadcast video shared via his twitter handle on Monday morning.

“I am today, with utmost humility formally declaring my intention to run for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of APC,” Osinbajo tweeted along with a video on his official Twitter handle.

“For the past seven years, I have served as the vice president of Nigeria, under a true Nigerian patriot. A servant of the nation in war and peace and a man of integrity, President Muhammadu Buhari. We have together walked through some of the most difficult times in the history of our nation.

“But we have remained focused on securing the country, on providing infrastructure and growing our economy. As stipulated by the Nigerian constitution, our tenure will end next year in this period of seven years, I have served the government in several capacities.

“And I have at the direction of Mr President represented the country in sensitive, high-level international engagements. I have been to practically all local governments in Nigeria. I have been in factories, in markets, schools and farms.

“I have been in agricultural, mining and oil producing communities. In the Delta, in Kebbi, in Enugu, in Borno, in Rivers, in Plateau, and Ondo, and in all other states of the federation, listening to the diverse experiences and yearnings of our people. I have visited our gallant troops in the north-east.

His declaration ends months of speculation over his interest in the 2023 presidential race and widens the pool of candidates for the position.

He had earlier revealed his plan to All Progressives Congress (APC) governors Sunday at a dinner he hosted ahead of the party’s primaries in May.

At least 12 of the APC governors, including Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), Babagana Zulum (Borno) and Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) were at the dinner, it was gathered.

Already, Osinbajo support groups have opened a campaign and strategy office for him in the Wuse 2 area of Abuja.

Osinbajo, who turned 65 last month, is a senior advocate of Nigeria and a former lecturer at the University of Lagos. He is also a senior pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

He began his public office career in 1988 as an Adviser (legal advice and litigation) to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Bola Ajibola, a position he held for four years.

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