The Chairman of Ogun State Traditional Council and Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, on Monday, admonished those mounting pressure on Vice President Yemi Osinbajo over the 2023 presidential race to allow him to decide on his ambition.
Several political groups in the state have met with the monarch to prevail on the Vice President to declare his intention for next year’s presidential election.
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Oba Ayaji who rules over Remo kingdom where Osinbajo hails from, however, said the Vice President “knows the right thing to do” on his ambition.
He spoke in his palace in Sagamu while receiving a group of youths under the aegis of “Act Now”, demanding that the VP should throw his hat into the ring for the 2023 election.
But the first-class monarch described Osinbajo as a competent leader who would deliver if he emerges as President.
According to him, Nigeria is battling a myriad of challenges and it requires a good leadership structure to resolve them.
He said: “There is a lot of work involved. l can assure you that the Professor knows what is right for this country, he knows what is right for himself and what’s right for the family.
“Just like you said, it is a request that you have asked me to put across, I will put it across. It does not cost me anything to put it across to him.
“There is a lot of issues in the interplay of Nigerian politics. Take it from me that that man is a very knowledgeable person.
“He knows what is right. He knows what he should do. What we need to do is to continue to pray for him that God will grant him wisdom to continue to do what’s right.
“I’m sure he would consider it and he is considering it. Fingers crossed.
“A friend of mine was here recently and he was telling me that, well, if God wants this country to continue suffering, that man (referring to Osinbajo) should say he is not interested in the presidential seat. That’s a loaded statement.
“We should just continue to wish the country the very best. We have not been able to get it right in Nigeria and we must hope that in the coming election, we must be able to get it right.
Earlier, the leader of the “Act Now” group, Dr Sola Osindero, explained that members of the group are professionals who have found Osinbajo as a worthy successor of President Muhammadu Buhari, come 2023.
He said the group had observed and analysed the track records of those vying for the presidency and zeroed in on Osinbajo as the “most fit politician.”
Osindero called on the monarch to prevail on the Vice President to declare for the presidential seat.