A Non-Governmental Organisation, Osinbajo Grassroots Organisation (OGO), has debunked a report published on an online platform where the writer claimed that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had dumped his rumoured presidential bid.
The group maintained that there was no iota of truth in such a report
In a statement by the National Convener of the group, Sylvanus Foluso Ojo asked Nigerians to disregard the publication, and wondered how Prof. Osinbajo would renounce an ambition he was yet to declare.
The statement reads “Our attention has been drawn to a report by an online medium, where the writer claimed that the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, dropped his presidential bid.
“The online newspaper attributed its source to an aide of the Vice President who allegedly overheard him telling close associates and members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) who paid him unofficial visit some days ago at the Presidential Villa.
“The source was also quoted to have revealed that the Vice President had a change of heart following a visit to felicitate with the former Lagos State government and National Leader of the All progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at his Bourdillon, Lagos State home.
“As far as we know, the Vice President has not at any time publicly declared an intention to run as successor to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023; we are therefore alarmed that someone who had at different times clarified, that his present attention is to assist the President to deliver on their campaign promises to now be quoted to have jettisoned a bid he was yet to declare is inappropriate.
“Is this not like someone vacating a property not yet built? Our group has at different fora enjoined Professor Osinbajo to indicate interest in the 2023 presidential bid, and he is yet to respond to this appeal; saying that he abandoned such ambition before a declaration, therefore, suggests that someone is confusing the public”
“The statement noted that the ploy was aimed to dissuade the Vice President from exercising his democratic and constitutional rights as a leader with unique leadership skills.
The group, therefore, enjoined all Nigerians and loyalists of the Vice President at home and abroad to prevail on him until he gives the presidential bid a thought in the interest of Nigeria, and consolidation of the good foundation being laid by President Muhammadu Buhari.