Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo has given a hint of how he became President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate, saying ‘somebody somewhere’ recommended him for the position.
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Tunji Bello, secretary to the Lagos state government, who served in Tinubu’s government, had described Paden’s account as half-truth, saying he was in the know of how Osinbajo emerged as Buhari’s running mate.
Speaking at a presidential dinner in honour of the beneficiaries of the amnesty programme on Wednesday night in Abuja, vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo gave a hint of how he became President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate, saying “somebody somewhere” recommended him for the position.
Recall that President Buhari’s authorised biographer, John Paden, had claimed in his book ‘Muhammadu Buhari: Challenges of Leadership,’ that the president chose Osinbajo as his partner in the 2015 presidential election despite pressure from Bola Tinubu, who wanted the position.
According to TheCable News, the vice president for the first time, spoke subtly on the matter saying, “I was in a group of young men and women and one of them asked the question how did I become vice president; I was never a politician or anything like that,” he said.
“So, I tried to explain it is quite simply that someone somewhere has to recommend you. Somebody somewhere has to give you a helping hand.
“Whether to be a vice president or to be an aircraft pilot or to be an engineer, somebody somewhere has to give you an opportunity and I think that all of you that are here today are the beneficiaries of the opportunities that you have somehow received.
“And this is why this event is so important. I think that it is one way we have to remind ourselves that we are bound as individuals to give opportunities to everyone.”
Osinbajo urged Niger Delta militants to lay down their arms and emB.race peace, saying the region was also losing in the bombing of oil installations. “The fact that you did so well was a tremendous opportunity for other people,” he said.
“We all have the responsibility to ensure that the future of the country is one that is secure. That cannot happen under the atmosphere of conflict. There is no point blowing up pipelines. If they are blown, who are the losers at the end of the day? All of us, even the up-and-coming ones.”