The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has formally presented the former Lagos state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yemi Osibajo as the presidential running mate to former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari.
Wednesday’s climax to a journey that began about a week ago with the presidential primary however saw the absence of key stakeholders of the party, including governors, Senator Bola Tinubu, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and other presidential aspirants.
In an anxiety-soaked short ceremony held at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, the national chairman of APC, John Odigie Oyegun who was flanked by other party bigwigs asked Buhari to introduce his running mate to an expectant audience.
Buhari said his decision to choose Osibajo as a running mate was based on his uncommon humility, loyalty, dependability and selfless patriotic zeal.
Buhari who said the method employed in arriving at the choice of his running mate has been very meticulous, also described Osibajo as a friend of the less privileged, compassionate and zealous in service.
“To assist me in this great task of securing Nigeria’s future, I have chosen a man of unimpeachable integrity, an excellent professional, a man of faith, a devoted family man and a role model to our fellow countrymen and women.
“He is a professor of law and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. An alumnus of the University of Lagos and the London School of Economics, he is a prodigious author who has to his credit several books on civil procedure in Nigerian superior courts.
“The Vice-Presidential candidate is a friend of the less privileged, compassionate and zealous in service. A man of uncommon humility, a loyal, dependable and selfless patriot.”