Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has formally entered the presidential run for 2023 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
With his announcement on Monday, Osinbajo would compete for the party’s presidential ticket against his ‘political godfather’, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor, launched his presidential run in January 2022.
During Tinubu’s rule, Osinbajo was Lagos’ Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.
Tinubu was also reported to have aided Osinbajo as Buhari’s running mate in 2015.
Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, Rotimi Amaechi, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi and Senate Chief Whip Orji Kalu are also vying for the APC presidential ticket.
Both Ekiti State Governor Dr Kayode Fayemi and CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele are said to be presidential hopefuls.
If elected, Yemi Osinbajo vowed to build on President Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements.
I served as Vice President for seven years under a real Nigerian patriot, a servant of the nation in war and peace, President Muhammadu Buhari. We have worked together through some of our country’s most challenging times, but we have remained focused on national security, infrastructure, and economic growth.
“Over the last seven years, I have represented our country in critical high-level foreign engagements, as directed by Mr. President. I’ve visited almost every Nigerian local government. I’ve gone to farms, factories, and marketplaces.
“I have visited agricultural, mining, and oil producing areas in the Delta, Kebbi, Enugu, Borno, Rivers, Plateau, and Ondo states, listening to our people’s different experiences and yearnings.
“I visited our brave warriors in the North East and our IDP brothers and sisters. I have felt the grief of victims of war, terrorism, floods, fires, and other calamities.
“I have visited to many regular Nigerians’ homes around the country. Onitsha, Kano, Lagos, Edo and Kaduna have all sat with me. As well as small and large enterprises.
The Almighty God gave me these experiences, insights, and opportunities to serve our country and its great peoples, which is why I am formally announcing my intention to run for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of our great party, the All Progressives Congress.
If elected, Osinbajo pledged to overhaul the nation’s security and intelligence apparatus, overhaul the justice system, provide equal justice for everyone, uphold the rule of law, and boost infrastructure development, including power, roads, railroads, and internet access.