Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday, December 22, said his kinsmen, the ethnic Yoruba, are those who will determine if a Yoruba person succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 — that is if Mr Buhari gets a second term. Premium Times reports that Osinbajo appealed to ethnic sentiments as he met the Alaafin of Oyo in Ibadan, urging the Yoruba to work for the success of Buhari in 2019. The vice president, argued that it would take a long time for a Yoruba person to get the presidency if Mr Buhari fails to return in 2019. He spoke at the palace of the Alaafin, Lamidi Adeyemi III, adding that Buhari has performed well and deserves another term in the office.
Osinbajo said he was at the palace to pay homage to the monarch and receive his advice.
His words: “It is good to pay homage to the palace. I greet you the king, I greet the Alaafin of Oyo and other traditional rulers here present. Anytime I come to the Kabiesi either here or in Abuja, I say it is home coming.
The 2019 general elections is our own. We are not looking at the 2019 but 2023. If we get it in 2019, Yoruba will get it in 2023. Because if we don’t get it in 2019, we may not get it in 2023 and it may take a very long time to get it. We need to look at tomorrow and not because of today. What we are doing now is for tomorrow and not for today.” He urged the people of the southwest not to return the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying Buhari had laid a foundation to put Nigeria on the right path. “These are the people that have ruled for 16 years and they say they want to come back again. They are corrupt. Though, it is still difficult because no man or woman can build a house without a foundation,” he said.
At the palace with the vice president were Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state; governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo, Adebayo Adelabu; former Senate leader, Teslim Folarin among others.
Smith who is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, gave the advise in a statement published on his personal website on Saturday, December 21.
“I call upon the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure that elections will be free and fair, and for the commission to remain impartial,” the lawmaker said.