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Gombe gov, emir, APC delegates show support for Osinbajo’s 2023 presidential bid

By Terhemba Daka, Abuja
11 May 2022   |   4:09 am
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s engagement ahead of his 2023 presidential election bid has continued to receive increasing appeal, this time in Gombe State.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (left) and Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar during the Vice President’s visit to Gombe State… yesterday.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s engagement ahead of his 2023 presidential election bid has continued to receive increasing appeal, this time in Gombe State.

Specifically, on his visit to the state on Monday to meet with delegates and stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Osinbajo received the endorsement of Governor Inuwa Yahaya and the blessings of Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar, as well as stakeholders in the state.

On his arrival at the Gombe International Airport, Governor Yahaya received the Vice President, amid cheers from residents and supporters, who danced and sang along the way, as Osinbajo’s convoy entered the city.

Osinbajo later moved to the palace of the emir, where he intimated the monarch of his aspiration to become president, soliciting his prayers and support.

Speaking during the visit to the palace, Yahaya assured Osinbajo of support from the state, pledging also his personal commitment to the Vice President’s presidential aspiration.

Welcoming Osinbajo to the state, Yahaya said: “Today is yet another remarkable occasion, because on many occasions, the Vice President has been coming to the state as Vice President; but this time around, he has come to interact with our delegates, preparatory to the primaries of our ruling party, the APC, and it is a convention that will produce him, by the Grace of God, as the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

In his remarks, Osinbajo thanked the emir and governor for the reception and hospitality accorded him, and the emir’s support at various times.

Osinbajo restated that having served as Vice President over the past seven years, he has been prepared for leadership and exposed “to all there is to know about governing.”

He added: “With the experience that God has given me and the exposure that I have had, including being acting President on occasions; if God enables me to become President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I think my experience, all I’ve learned, will be extremely useful.”