The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday visited Kaduna State as part of his consultation for his 2023 presidential ambition under the All Progressives Congress.
Osinbajo visited the state to seek the support of delegates of the state chapter of the party, ahead of the presidential primary election on the 29th of May.
El-Rufai who welcomed the Vice President described him as President Muhammadu Buhari’s number one confidante.
He further stated that Osinbajo has respect for all the governors of Nigeria, across party lines, because of the way and manner he steers the affairs of the National Economic Council.
According to Governor El-Rufai, Prof. Osinbajo is “the number one confidante of the President (Muhammadu Buhari), and has the respect of all the governors of Nigeria, across party lines, because of the way and manner he steers the affairs of the National Economic Council.”
Governor El-Rufai who said the Vice President has visited the state several times said “is not just here because he is running for president. He is here because he has a close affinity with the government and people of Kaduna State. I want those that don’t know, our party leaders and delegates, to know that Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has always shown uncommon love for the people of Kaduna State.
“I have worked very closely with the Vice President in the last seven years. Before then, we worked as senior officials of the party to craft the party’s strategy, as well as a manifesto. We jointly wrote the manifesto of the party together as members of the strategy committee of the party.
“He is a man of intellect, brilliance; a unifier, a detribalized Nigerian; who has shown us leadership as chairman of the National Economic Council.
“It was under Vice President Osinbajo’s leadership that our Paris Cub refund, that was deducted in 2005, was finally paid to all the States, and we are all beneficiaries. It was under his leadership that recommendations were made to bail out 27 states, that, in 2015 were unable to pay salaries. I can go on and on to list the qualifications and virtues of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.”
While speaking on who the delegates would vote for, he said, “In Kaduna State, we are people of honour. So, please remember that the future of Nigeria is at stake. Nigeria is at a critical crossroads and the choices we make in 2023 will, to large extent, determine whether this country progresses rapidly to achieve its manifest destiny or not.
“We must put all our sentiments and personal interests aside, and vote for the best person that will take Nigeria to that promised land.”