The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has paid homage and sought the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Olalekan Balogun’s blessings on his desire to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, after the completion of the current tenure.
Reports have it that the visit was in continuation of the vice president’s visitation to states ahead of the primary election of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), held in May.
Osinbajo said that his decision to contest the post of the presidency was made in the realisation of the need to put into use all the experiences he gained in the last seven years under the tutelage of President Buhari.
“During these years, our president truly gave me every opportunity to know all that the government was doing, including very sensitive issues and I, felt it would be the right thing to do, to deploy all those experiences under me to the service of the country.
“Nigeria needs those who are willing to serve, to attain her potential. I have come to Ibadan to confer with the party delegates on my intention to run for the presidency, which I formally declared on April 11.
“Kabiyesi, I know that you are no more a politician. Though it is said that we are all political animals, your position as the father of all precludes ‘Your Imperial Majesty’ from being active.
“So, I covet your prayers and want to assure Your Majesty, that wherever I may be, your highly respected position is guaranteed,” Osinbajo said.
In his response, Oba Balogun wished the vice president good luck in his desire to contest the presidential race.
“We are proud of you and share your aspiration. Just let me hand you over to the Almighty Allah, to take total control and be with you and your entourage,” Oba Balogun added.
The royal father also prayed for the vice president and his entourage.
The Vice President later moved to the Ibadan Civic Center to meet with his support groups and key members of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo state. The meeting observed a minute silence for three former governors of Oyo State: Lam Adesina, Abiola Ajimobi, and Adebayo Alao-Akala.
Among the dignitaries who accompanied Prof. Osinbajo were Sen. Teslim Folarin, APC, representing Oyo Central, Sen. Adamu Bulkachuwa, and APC representing Bauchi North, Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN) and other chieftains of the party.
The vice president declared his intention to run for president on the platform of the APC two weeks ago.