Tinubu Refutes Vice President Role Reports…Supports Osinbajo For Second Term

Former Lagos State governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said his endorsement of Professor Yemi Osinbajo as President Muhammadu Buhari’s deputy remains unchanged. Reacting to a report that president Buhari may pick him as running mate in the 2019 presidential election, if he contests, Tinubu said just as he supported Osinbajo to be Buhari’s running mate in 2015, he still stands for that as the duo have been doing a good job in running the country.

In a statement by his Media Office, yesterday, Tinubu noted that he and the people of the South West “have absolute confidence and are exceedingly proud of the excellent job Prof Osinbajo is doing as vice president of Nigeria.” Insinuating that he has no interest in being vice president, Tinubu said, “Contrary to the impression the story seeks to create, Asiwaju’s politics is not that of unbridled personal ambition for selfish interest. When at some point in the build up to the 2015 election, president Buhari offered him the vice presidential ticket, Tinubu gratefully and publicly thanked the president. When it turned out that such an offer would not be in the interest of the party and would play into the hands of enemies of change, Asiwaju unreservedly and passionately threw his support behind Osinbajo, as the best man for the job. His opinion has not changed. Indeed, his confidence and belief in Osinbajo has been amply justified by the latter’s sterling performance in office.”

Tinubu restated his statement while endorsing Osinbajo on December 17, 2014, “After all, the political calculations are made and the dust of competition has settled, it must be this nation and its people who stand first and foremost. The question becomes whether we stand strong, able to shape ourselves into our best future or will we stand frail and trembling, burdened by the abject failure to surmount the multiple problems confronting us…For me, political ambition will never triumph over patriotic conviction. This delicate moment affords no space for emotion to intrude to blind us from what is best. The APC is the best and only vehicle to enact the progressive and broad change this nation cries for. I eagerly lend myself to this fine cause without me having to be on the ticket. This is a time for cohesion and an overriding sense of mission. We must defeat the foe before us and resist all temptations intended to entice us to fight among ourselves.’ As it was then, so it remains today.”

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