By Ahmad Deedat Zakari
Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has declared his interest to contest for the office of the president in the 2023 presidential polls.
The declaration that came on the morning of Monday, April 11 2022 confirmed the speculation that Osinbajo wants to succeed his principal, Muhammadu Buhari, whose tenure officially ends in May 2023.
Osinbajo, who posted his declaration on his official Twitter handle, said:
“I am today, with utmost humility, formally declaring my intention to run for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of APC.”
In Osinbajo’s declaration speech, he also said he could relate to the suffering and challenges of Nigerians and hence why he wants to be president.
“I’ve stood where you stand and sat where you sit. I know, and I understand our hopes, aspirations and fears from a place of relatable proximity; and I believe that in those hopes and aspirations are the seeds for the great Nigeria that we all desire. I believe that the very reason why the Almighty God gave me these experiences, these insights, and these opportunities, is that they must be put to the use of our country and its great peoples.” He stated.
Osinbajo will jostle for the ruling party’s ticket with other political heavyweights, like APC’s chieftain, Bola Ahmad Tinubu, and Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, who also declared their intention to run for the presidency on the platform of the party.