Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria has formally declared to run for President in 2023.
Osinbajo made the declaration in a video released on Monday morning, April 11, to end speculations.
This means the Vice President will slug it out with Bola Tinubu, his former boss and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress.
In the press release titled, “Why I Am Running For President,” Osinbajo said, “My experiences, insights, opportunities must be used for Nigeria and Nigerians.
“In the past seven years, I have served as Vice President under a true Nigerian patriot; a servant of the nation in war and peace, and a man of integrity, President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We have, together, worked through some of the most difficult times in the history of our Nation; but we have remained focused on securing the country, providing infrastructure and growing our economy.
“In this period of seven years, I have served the government in several capacities; and have, at the direction of Mr. President, represented our country in sensitive high level international engagements.
“I believe that the very reason why the Almighty God gave me these experiences, these insights, and these opportunities, is that they must be put to the use of our country and it’s great peoples.
“Which is why I am today, with utmost humility, formally declaring my intention to run for the Office of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, on the platform of our great party, the All Progressives Congress.
“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,
– providing an excellent environment for businesses to thrive,
– taking the agriculture revolution to the next level especially mechanization and developing the farm to table value chain
– making sure that the government, its agencies and regulators serve the business community,
– creating a tech economy that will provide jobs for millions;
– enhancing our Social Investment Programme to a full scale social welfare scheme,
– completing the promise of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within this decade,
– completing the task of ensuring that all Nigerians, male and female, attend school,
– reforming our educational system for relevance to the challenges of this century,
– completing the task of universal health coverage for all and
– strengthening the capacity of States and Local Governments to deliver on their respective mandates.
“Above all, front and centre of our efforts will be the provision of jobs and opportunities for our young people.
“I now most solemnly and respectfully seek the support of fellow Nigerians everywhere in this land, and the diaspora, young and old, male and female, in the great and exciting journey that we have ahead of us.”