Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has officially declared his intention to run for the Presidential seat during the 2023 general elections.
This declaration comes after months of speculation and rumors. The VP plans to compete under the umbrella of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the party’s primaries coming up next month.
Osinbajo would be going against some other big names in the APC primaries for the Presidential ticket. The likes of former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State have all declared their intention to run under the party.
In his declaration speech, the Vice President said,
“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 our great party, the All Progressives Congress.”
Prof. Osinbajo served as the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State from 1999 to 2007. In December 2014, he became the running mate to Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2015 presidential election. Furthermore, he served as acting President for more than 120 non-consecutive days while President Buhari was on medical leave in London between 2016 and 2018.
In his speech, he also added,
“If by the grace of God and the will of the people, I am given the opportunity, then I believe that first, we must complete what we have started, radically transforming our security and intelligence architecture; completing the reform of our justice system focusing on adequate remuneration and welfare of judicial personnel, ensuring justice for all and the observance of rule of law, rapidly advancing our infrastructure development, especially power, roads, railways and broadband connectivity.”