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Why we unveiled Osinbajo’s impact assessment report, by group

By Rotimi Agboluaje (Ibadan) and Waliat Musa (Lagos)
24 January 2022   |   4:03 am
Days after unveiling an impact assessment report on Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a civil society organisation, Identify the Right Leader Initiative, has said leadership failure, which it described as the bane of the nation’s development

[FILES] Osinbajo. Photo/ facebook/professoryemiosinbajo

• VP visits families of Soun, Olubadan, Alao-Akala
Days after unveiling an impact assessment report on Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a civil society organisation, Identify the Right Leader Initiative, has said leadership failure, which it described as the bane of the nation’s development, is the reason it is zeroing its searchlight on Osinbajo to contest the 2023 presidential election.

Speaking at the weekend, in Lagos, National Coordinator of the group, Princess Temilade Okesanjo, said unlike 2015 and 2019 elections where the choice before Nigerians was between “the devil and the deep blue sea, we want to make the 2023 elections different by unveiling leaders we believe have the capacity to deliver.

“This is why we are championing this cause by investing in the choices that would be presented to Nigerians. We are looking beyond the everyday chatter and campaign rhetoric to identify those whose antecedents show the leader Nigeria deserves.”

And as a body, we believe Osinbajo ticks all the boxes.”

Okesanjo said it is no longer whether or not Osinbajo would want to be President. “It is out of his call at this moment. Nigeria needs a proactive leader and we have found Osinbajo to be the best for the job at this time, considering his track record and political antecedents. We are tired of recycling the same set of people. We need something different.”

Also speaking, Director General of the group, Mr. Dayo Akutobi, said: “We are non-partisan, not-for-profit, civil-minded, patriotic and unbiased Nigerians, who have taken out time to look at the process of identifying individuals, who are fit for political offices across the country, starting from the seat of the President.”

He urged Nigerians to look beyond campaign promises made by politicians and consider their track record, so that they can identify those fit for offices.

In the group’s pamphlet, titled, ‘60 Points from Osinbajo’s Project Assessment Report’, the Vice President was described as “emotionally intelligent, detribalised, highly cerebral, staunch believer of the rule of law and the most active Vice President since 1979.”

MEANWHILE, Osinbajo, yesterday, visited the families of three eminent Nigerians who passed on recently: Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oladuni Oyewumi, former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala and 41st Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji.

The Vice President was received in Oyo State by Governor Seyi Makinde, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari and member of the House of Representatives, Segun Dokun Odebunmi.