Osinbajo Breaks Silence On Tinubu's  Emergence As APC Flag-Bearer

By Damilare Adeleye

Twenty-four hours after the emergence of former governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as the presidential flag-bearer of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) ahead of forthcoming general elections, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has congratulated Tinubu on his victory at primary election held on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Osinbajo who was one of the contenders in the race, has called for unity among APC members, saying Tinubu’s sterling contributions to democracy stood him out.

Osinbajo disclosed this in a statement titled, “VP Osinbajo congratulates Asiwaju Tinubu on his victory at APC Presidential Primary Election.”

The statement read, “I congratulate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his victory at our party primaries and his emergence as the Presidential Candidate and Flagbearer of our great party, the APC for the forthcoming 2023 Presidential Elections.

“I also congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari and all leaders of the APC for a successful Special Convention and Presidential Primary.

“For many decades, our Flagbearer has shown passion, patriotism, courage and determination in the cause of nation-building. His sterling contributions to our democracy and its progress stand him out.

“His wealth of experience will certainly be critical in our party’s continued efforts to attain a more secure and prosperous Nigeria.

“To all members of our great party, regardless of who you voted for at the primaries, we must now unite behind our Presidential Candidate and Flagbearer to ensure victory for our party in the 2023 elections.

“As true progressives, we must remain strong and united in pursuing our collective vision as a party toward building a country that can provide a decent life and livelihoods for all our people.”

It would be recalled that Tinubu defeated his 13 contenders having scored the highest votes of 1,271.

His closest rivals, Rotimi Amaechi and Yemi Osinbajo polled 316 votes and 235 votes respectively.

Other aspirants are Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Mr Ahmed Rufai, Senator Rochas Okorocha, Mr Jack Rich, Governor Ben Ayade, Governor David Umahi, Senator Ahmed Yarima, Dr Ahmed Lawan, Osinbajo, Amaechi, Governor Yahaya Bello and Mr Ogbonnaya Onu.