…Charges Party stakeholders to Make VP consensus candidate
President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been urged to grant Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo the right of first refusal, ahead of the party’s presidential convention.
A group, under the aegis of ‘Save Tomorrow 4 Osinbajo 2023,’ which made the call in Abuja yesterday, also urged the party leaders and stakeholders to make Osinbajo the consensus candidate of the party in the 2023 election.
Addressing newsmen in a press conference, the convener of the group, Engr. Husseni Yusuff, called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the party to, in the finest tradition of presidential succession, offer the privilege of ‘Right of First Refusal’ to his Osinbajo.
While appreciating President Buhari for influencing and inspiring the National Assembly to include Section 84 (9) that has to do with consensus candidature in the nomination of candidates by parties into the Electoral Act, the group said there should be no argument, no second-guessing as to the suitability of vice-president to succeed President Buhari as Nigeria’s president in 2023.
“We are optimistic that President Buhari having inspired that section and in sticking with time-honored tradition, the party will cause the emergence of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, to become the consensus candidate of the party in the February 25th, 2023 Presidential election.
“The presidential system is so designed to take care of the disadvantageous position the Vice President is placed, by making the Vice President the natural successor to the President in a seamless manner devoid of rancor.
“So far, the vice-president is well nurtured, best groomed and prepared to take charge on the day one”.
“Giving Osinbajo the ‘Right of First Refusal’ and making him the consensus candidate will strengthen the APC, heal it from its fractures and unite it in the face of mounting challenge by the opposition to wrestle power from the APC in 2023”, it emphasised.
The group also highlighted some of the several tasks performed by the vice-president, some of which include the homegrown school feeding programme in 35 States, adding that the programme has fed 9.9 million children; the National Livestock Transportation Plan, amongst others.
It further explained how Osinbajo has been very loyal to the President, saying, “President Buhari, has acknowledged these sterling qualities and has further entrusted Sacred Presidential Duties on him on numerous occasions, never seen in the annals of our history”.
The group further affirmed that Vice-President Osinbajo has always stood for the rule of law in the interest of all Nigerians, regardless of ethnicity or religion.