Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday declared that the outcome of the 2019 presidential election will determine if the Southwest will produce president in 2023.
Osinbajo, who pleaded that Yoruba should work for the success of President Buhari in 2019, maintained that it will take a very long time for any Yoruba man to get the Presidency if Buhari failed to return in 2019.
He maintained that Buhari has performed well and deserved another term in the office.
The Vice President, who spoke at the palace of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111, said that Buhari is no doubt a man who stands by his worlds.
At the palace to pay homage to the monarch with the Vice President were Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the 2019 general elections, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, former Senate leader, Senator Teslim Folarin and Hon. Akeem Adeyemi who represents Atiba/ Afijio/Oyo East/Oyo West in the House of Representatives.
Osinbajo while speaking, said he was in the palace to pay homage to the monarch and drink from his wealth of his experience and knowledge.
He said that Buhari since he came to power in 2015 had proved to be a man who has zero tolerance for corruption.
He described corruption as one of the major problems in Nigeria.
Osinbajo said, “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 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 described Buhari as an honest man who stands by his worlds.
Osinbajo said, “What I know about Buhari is that he is an honest man. What he say he will do, he will do it”.
He urged the people of the southwest not to return the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), again saying that Buhari has laid a foundation to put Nigeria on the right path.
Osinbajo added “Now, they are regrouping. 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”.
Oba Adeyemi earlier in his address described Osinbajo as a cerebral lawyer who has excelled in his profession.
He said, “He is a good lawyer, the case he instituted on behalf of Lagos state when the federal government withhold the local government allocations in Lagos state during Obasanjo regime, he won the case. And it was Yar’adua that paid the money to Lagos state. The load you are carrying is big, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, you will succeed”.