The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has declared that the 2019 presidential election matters to the Yoruba people of the South-West because the region has a larger interest in 2023, if its people vote for the All Progressives Congress, APC, and ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari is re-elected.
Osinbajo, while speaking at the palace of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, on Saturday, stated that it would take the Yoruba nation a long time to get another shot at producing Nigeria’s president if they miss the opportunity 2023 provides.
He was accompanied on the trip by the Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; APC governorship candidate, Dr Bayo Adelabu; among others, at the end of which he held a private meeting with the monarch. The meeting with Oba Adeyemi and some top politicians, including Governor Ajimobi, lasted for about 45 minutes.
In his address, the Vice President eulogised Oba Adeyemi for his wisdom and intellectual capability which he described as second to none in the South-West.
“My visit to kabiyesi today is homecoming. I have never seen an oba with political sagacity like the Alaafin. I know this is God-given, because no university teaches that. Kabiyesi is a man of integrity. That is why we are following and consulting him. Everybody here will agree with me that being a Yoruba leader is not easy. That’s why leaders in the nation like Senator Bola Tinubu consult him.
“Yoruba has a lot to contribute to Nigeria for 2019 elections. It is for us, Yoruba, if you understand. It is for us. We are not looking at 2019, but 2023. If we don’t get it now, it may take some time for another opportunity to come.
“We have to look forward to that which is before us. There might be some little challenges. What I know about President Muhammadu Buhari is that he is an honest man. If he says he would do something, he would do it.
“If you love Nigeria, you will vote for Buhari. Corruption is the reason Nigeria is not growing, a reason they don’t want him. They are out again, they are looters. Don’t allow them,” he said.
The vice-president added that what the Buhari Presidency had been doing was to build a solid foundation for Nigeria’s “eventual development,” saying “if you want to build, you need a solid foundation first. What we are building will be good to position Nigeria for eventual development.”
Also, Governor Ajimobi enjoined the people of the state to vote no other party in the next elections other than the APC.
He expressed appreciation to Oba Adeyemi for his support for the success of his administration and enjoined other traditional rulers to emulate him.
”Kabiyesi is instrumental to the success and development we recorded as a government during our administration. He is a master of administration. Unarguably, this is the most intellectual, intelligent kabiyesi in Yorubaland.
“Alaafin is APC, we don’t need campaign. A king that can stand and campaign for our party; if he backs you, the world is in your support. And if he does otherwise, then, that person should watch it. We are at peace because you are for us.
“2019 is about Hausa/Yoruba, Hausa/Igbo. A bastard Yoruba will not vote for APC. PDP and other parties do not care about the masses. These are the people and party (APC) that are taking care of the masses,” he said.
Earlier, Oba Adeyemi, while welcoming the vice-president and Ajimobi to his palace, admitted that the administration of governor Ajimobi restored peace to the state.
While praying for the Vice President, Oba Adeyemi said the visit to his palace was an important step for the Buhari-led administration, assuring that the duo of Buhari and Osinbajo would return to power in 2019.