Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun said Tuesday that the state will back Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s presidential campaign.
Our reporter learned from reliable sources that Abiodun was torn between Osinbajo and former Lagos State Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu over who to endorse.
Both Osinbajo and Tinubu played a significant role in Abiodun’s win in the recent election against former Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s handpicked candidate, Abdulkabir Akinlade.
According to insiders, the pair anticipates the governor’s continued allegiance and support.
Additionally, his cabinet is divided, with some supporting Osinbajo’s candidacy and others staunchly supporting Tinubu.
According to a source close to the cabinet, Abiodun has not directed his aides to endorse Tinubu or Osinbajo.
However, Abiodun stated on Tuesday that Ogun will support Osinbajo, a state native from Ikenne in the state’s Ikenne Local Government Area.
He stated that the assistance will enable him to continue working on some of the administration’s “laudable undertakings.”
Abiodun stated during a stakeholders meeting with the Vice President held at the Akarigbo Palace Sagamu, the Alake Palace in Abeokuta, the Presidential Lodge in Ibara, Abeokuta, as well as the Palace of Olu of Ilaro and Paramount ruler of Yewaland, that Osinbajo has contributed to the federal government’s numerous successes over the last seven years, noting “he is eminently qualified to lead the country.”
“The Vice President in attendance is making his way home. We congratulate him on his choice to run for President. He possesses the ability and commitment necessary to lead the country in a more effective manner.”
“Your unflinching loyalty, honesty, and character are well-known. You’ve done an amazing job as vice president serving our country and the president for the previous seven years. We are confident in your ability to succeed as president, and we will support you,” Abiodun remarked.
The governor, who lauded the VP’s academic accomplishments, recalled how he stood behind his gubernatorial victory and characterised him as a guy concerned with fairness, justice, equity, and the Rule of Law.
The vice president stated in his address that he was in the state not to campaign but to notify his constituents of his plan to run for president.
Osinbajo stated that he sought input from a broad cross-section of society, including President Muhammadu Buhari, before throwing his hat into the ring.
Recounting his achievements to the current federal administration, Osinbajo stated that he was actively involved in the judiciary’s reforms and repositioning to guarantee optimal operation and proper enumeration of judges.
He stated that his work with President Buhari exposed him to high-level government and equipped him to address critical challenges such as the economy and security.
“Being Vice President is an opportunity to serve, and I have done it with the highest loyalty. I invest myself completely in my job. When elected, I am a candidate who will immediately get to work.
“I possess the necessary expertise for the work and am capable of expanding upon the foundations established by others. My leadership would offer the country peace, stability, and progress,” the VP stated.
“After what I’ve learned, should I refuse to serve my country if called upon?” My decision has been made to run for office. To the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I have taken an oath of allegiance. It is an oath taken in the name of our people, our children, and Nigeria’s future. Outside of the oath, I owe no one anything,” he said.
Osinbajo, on the other hand, lauded the Abiodun administration’s great advances over the previous three years, expressing hope that his ambition to lead the country would be beneficial.
In his speech, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, the and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, argued that the vice president has the necessary qualifications to govern the country, noting that his performance as acting president is on display.
Concerning the Vice President’s ambitions, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, attested to Osinbajo’s abilities, saying: “the vice president has paid his dues and is perfectly suited to succeed as President.”
“I pray that you return to this Palace as President and that Nigeria prospers under your leadership,” Alake added.