A campaign group in support of a second term for President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo, will on Saturday, January 20 officially inaugurate the South-West Zonal Office in Ibadan, Oyo State in preparation for seeking support for the duo against 2019 general election.
A statement from the Honourable Minister of Communication, Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, who is the group’s Board of Trustees Chairman, stated that, former Abia State Governor, Dr. Uzo Orji Kalu has agreed to grace the occasion as the Guest Lecturer.
Prominent Nigerians expected at the official commissioning of the office, according to the statement are, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Special Guest of Honour and Grand Patron of the group, former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani as Chairman of the occasion, former Minister of Petroleum, Don Etiebet and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola as the Chief Host. The Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi as Special Guest of Honour and former National Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande as Chief Guest of Honour
Others are state governors like Senator Ibikunle Amosun Ogun, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai Kaduna; Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola Osun, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode Lagos and Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu Ondo. While former Senate Leader, Senator Alli Ndume, Senator representing Katsina Central, Abu Ibrahim and MBO National Patron, Senator Ayo Akinyelure are all Guests of Honour.
Shittu also informed that all the 36 Governors are invited to the commissioning which will take place on Saturday at the Oritsejolomi Thomas Hall, International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan at 11:00 am.
The rest are all other States’ Governors, the deputy National Chairman of APC, His Excellency Seguin Oni; National Vice Chairman of APC (South West), Chief Pius O. Akinyelure; chairman, APC, Oyo State, Chief Akin Oke; National Coordinator, MBO, Hon. Usman Ibrahim, National Secretary, MBO, Mr. Isaac Peace Agunloye and National Woman Leader, MBO, Hon. Ogechukwu Michael.
While noting that the group stands for unity, peace and development of the country, Nigeria, and her heterogeneous tribes, Shittu said it champions the good cause of Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo administration across the country.
He said despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s strict stance on discipline, “It is human not to be able to satisfy all as evident in the commendations and criticism which have perpetually put him on his toes and alive to his responsibilities.”
According to him, Buhari’s antecedents in the days of the military regime paved the way for being the choice in 2015 general elections at a time when there was a lacuna in the political space of the country.
He explained that it was Buhari’s character that made him acceptable and most suitable to fill the gap so created, adding that, it was not surprising that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other party stalwarts considered him worthy of the exalted office.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is retired but not tired, tall in height, fragilely framed, elegant, coolheaded, compassionate and passionate about good governance.
“These have made him turn deaf ears to acrimonious antagonism from enemies of progress,” the minister said.
Speaking on Professor Yemi Osinbajo, he said, he is a perfect match for his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, taking into consideration the duo’s nature.
He said they are transparent, patriotic and selfless, saying “just like his boss, the Vice President is conscientiously moderate and modest in his style of leadership.”
“The effectiveness and accommodating disposition displayed by both is a proof of a tendency to labour with no ulterior motive to betray each other,” he said.
The Chairman Board of Trustees noted that during the medical vacation of the President abroad, the Vice President displayed his loyalty and allegiance to his boss by taking control of leadership without any ill-motives, whether for selfish interest or other personal motives.
While noting that the Vice President was a former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State, he said, he is a committed man of God and has consistently displayed this by acting in that direction.
“The duo of PMB and Osinbajo are clear indication that God has His hand in the affairs of this country. Both men have, from time to time, displayed quality leadership which can only be evident in men who are being directed by God.
“Their leadership has been so exemplary that only the discerning minds would readily understand that Nigeria is in the right hands,” he added.
Shittu stressed that it was no exaggeration that experience, exposure, excellence and expertise are sine qua non when nature wants to justify one as deserving to be placed in a position of respobsibility and authority as evident in the lives of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.