The Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has said that ‘somebody somewhere’ supported his candidature as running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 presidential elections.
Osinbajo said this on Wednesday night at a dinner organised for former Niger Delta agitators at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Acknowledging that he has been bombarded by questions of who endorsed his candidature to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 presidential elections, Osinbajo said, “I was in a group of young men and women and one of them asked the question how did I become Vice President?
“I was never a politician or anything like that. So I tried to explain it is quite simple that someone somewhere has to recommend you.
“Somebody somewhere has to give you a helping hand, whether to be a Vice President or to be an aircraft pilot or to be an engineer, somebody somewhere has to give you an opportunity.
“I think that all of you that are here today are the beneficiaries of the opportunities that you have somehow received. And this is why this event is so important. I think that it is one way we have to remind ourselves that we are bound as individuals to give opportunities to everyone.”
Recall that controversy recently broke over who actually nominated the VP as a running mate to President Buhari when the author of Buhari’s biography, “Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria”, Prof. John Paden, claimed in the book that the President chose Osinbajo as his running mate despite the alleged opposition of a national leader of the All
Despite the general belief that Tinubu was instrumental to the emergence of Osinbajo who served as his Attorney-General when he (Tinubu) was the governor of Lagos State, the author claimed that the names of Tinubu; the then Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola; and Osinbajo were forwarded to Buhari for him to pick a running mate shortly after he emerged the party’s candidate at its convention in Lagos.
The author further claimed that Buhari chose Osinbajo above others despite enormous pressure from Tinubu to do otherwise.
Tinubu’s loyalists have since faulted the account of the author, saying he (Tinubu) nominated the Vice-President.
Osinbajo further said: “I think that all of you that are here today are the beneficiaries of the opportunities that you have somehow received. And this is why this event is so important. I think that it is one way we have to remind ourselves that we are bound as individuals to give opportunities to everyone.”
Osinbajo noted that all Nigerians, including the future generation, will remain losers once Niger Delta militants continue attacking oil and gas installations in the region. He therefore appreciated the new agitator converts, urging them to remain law abiding while also calling on others who are still in the creeks vandalizing to embrace dialogue.