Osinbajo denies 2023 Presidential bid

Osinbajo denies 2023 Presidential bid

The Office of the Vice President says permutations around the 2023 presidential race is a distraction as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has not declared interest in to contest.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday, May 17, in Abuja, said the Office of the Vice President had no connection with an online attempt to rally support for Osinbajo.

“The attention of the Office of the Vice President has been drawn to a website: supportosinbajo.ng that is calling on Nigerians to join a volunteer group mobilising support for Osinbajo ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

“Details of this website and the solicitation of the group are currently trending on WhatsApp with a suggestion that Osinbajo has “quietly” declared interest in the 2023 election.

“The Office of the Vice President is not in any way connected to this website or the group behind it and considers such an enterprise an unnecessary distraction.

Osinbajo has not declared any interest whatsoever in the 2023 election; but he is rather focused on working in his capacity as vice president in the current administration to address all the compelling issues in the country and also concerns of Nigerians; including finding effective and lasting solutions to the security challenges.

“Therefore, we ask that people desist from such unhelpful permutations; while we all deal together with the challenges confronting us as Nigerians; and also resolve them for the benefit of our people, peace, and prosperity in the land.’’

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila said on Monday, May 16; that the current security challenges in the country have made it imperative for additional funding for the nation’s armed forces.

The Speaker said in time of war, no nation depend on annual appropriation to fund its armed forces; saying Nigeria was currently at war with insurgency; kidnapping; banditry; as well as other criminal vices; hence the need for an additional source of fund for the armed forces.

Speaking at a public hearing on a bill seeking to establish a special trust fund for the Armed Forces, Gbajabiamila said the House is not unaware of the fact that the solution to the insecurity in the land will not be by military operations alone.

He said in the realization of this, the House is planning a five-day special security summit on national security to take an All-Nation and All-Government approach by examining extensively non-military solutions to our insecurity; including challenges with food security; environmental changes; economic development; criminal justice reform; and other non-kinetic engagements.

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He said “even with these extensive and wider examinations of our security challenges; we cannot exclude the need for and benefit of a well-equipped; and better-trained military in the fight against all forms of insecurity.

“It is a historic fact that countries during war times do not fund their military through regular appropriation alone. From the USA to the United Kingdom and all Western powers; their military was funded through extra-budgetary means during periods of war.

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