My positions make me most experienced, says Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has declared that among the presidential aspirants jostling to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, he is the most experienced.
He said his interventions as the vice president and acting president had prepared him for the task of governing the country.
The experience, he said, had exposed him to the peculiarities and challenges bedeviling the nation and how he could tackle them.
Osinbajo, who stated this in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, in continuation of his consultation with stakeholders and All Progressives Congress (APC) delegates across the country ahead of the primaries, noted that his aspiration was necessitated by his commitment to offer himself for service to the people and the nation.
He said that working under President Buhari had prepared him for the arduous task to lead the nation in 2023.
He said: “I want to say that my aspiration to be president of the country is one that is informed by the fact that God has given me the opportunity to offer myself for this country for the past seven years. For these years, I have served as vice president and acting president.
“So, among the aspirants, I am the most experienced and knowledgeable at the federal level to do this job and we will hit the ground running from day one, God willing.
“The time has come for me to put myself for the task ahead and my sole objective is to serve this country and the people. That is the reason I am here in Ekiti to consult with stakeholders and of course the party delegates.”
He commended the traditional ruler for his fatherly advice and efforts at ensuring peace and stability in the community, noting that his visit to the palace was heartwarming and treasurable.
Responding, the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, who eulogised the vice president for his contributions to the development of the country in the last seven years, prayed for him on his aspiration, saying: “The next president should remember the monarchs for critical roles in nation-building rather than advisory or visitations during elections every four years.”