BUHARI SPEAKS GLOWINGLY OF OSINBAJO, HIS RUNNING MATE
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate for the 2015 general elections, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday named Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as his running mate, with a pledge to rescue Nigeria.
Buhari announced the choice of Osinbajo at a news conference in Abuja.
He disclosed that the process of selecting the vice presidential candidate was rigorous, meticulous, and objective and involved broad consultations with the party leaders and others outside the party.
“The challenging process of rescuing our country and changing Nigeria for good has commenced. One of the first decisions that I have to make is the choice of the vice-presidential candidate and my running mate.
“To assist me in this great task of securing Nigeria’s future, I have chosen a man of unimpeachable integrity. He is an excellent professional, a man of faith, a devoted family man and a role model to our fellow countrymen and women,’’ he said.
“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, 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,’’ he added.
Buhari pledged to uphold every promise he made after emerging as APC flag-bearer and thanked everyone who had identified with him after he clinched the ticket.
“The huge outpouring of support and acceptance has been a great encouragement to me and hardened my resolve to lead the process of rebuilding a new Nigeria and securing our future,’’ he said.
Accepting the challenge to run alongside Buhari, Osinbajo said, “I am deeply honoured and grateful to have been nominated as the vice-presidential candidate of our party.
“I also thank the leaders and elders of our great party, APC, for the trust reposed in me. The task of rebuilding this nation is one to which I am fully committed.
“There can be no other president, leader and commander that can lead that common sense revolution which Nigeria urgently needs than Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. I will proudly serve this country with him.’’
Osinbajo lauded the retired general’s ‘’uprightness and fierce commitment’’ to good governance.
According to him, it will be a privilege to work with him for a better Nigeria.