By Chijoke Okoronkwo
Gombe, May 9, 2022
The Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu-Abubakar III, says Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s integrity and accomplishments have endeared him to Nigerians across the country.
Shehu-Abubakar spoke in his Gombe palace on Monday while receiving the vice president who paid him a courtesy call.
Osinbajo, who was accompanied by Gov. Inuwa Yahaya, was in Gombe State as part his consultations with All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders, ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
“It is my great honour to welcome the vice president to Gombe; this is not your first visit to Gombe; you were here with us recently; your visit today outlines the strength of friendship that exist between your office and the people of Gombe State.
“The vice president has been part of the success of President Muhammadu Buhari administration in your role as Chairman of National Economic Council; in many other roles including that of acting president; you have left indelible marks in the annals of this country.
“Your interventions in the areas of economic policies, MSMEs, Ease of Doing Business, social investments and many other areas have left lasting impact on our people,” he said.
He added: “You have maintained a track record of extreme integrity as an accomplished legal luminary, religious leader and now, a politician.
“These attributes have endeared you to many Nigerians across ethnic and religious persuasions; we therefore pray for your continuous success in all your endeavours.”
The traditional ruler said that President Buhari placed trust and confidence in Osinbajo because of his integrity and achievements.
Earlier, Inuwa said the vice president’s visit to the state was remarkable.
He said that Osinbajo’s visit was to interact with delegates preparatory to APC primaries and expressed optimism that the vice president would get the party’s ticket at the presidential primaries.
“It is a primary election that will produce him, by the Grace of God, as the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Gombe is home to you, Sir; for so many reasons, and looking at the dynamics and the place around, it is you that this cap fits squarely; nobody can doubt that.
“And I make bold to say that these people that you see both in the traditional and other aspects of governance within our society are really committed to seeing that you actualise this ambition by becoming the President of Nigeria,” he said.
In his response, Osinbajo thanked the traditional ruler for the warm reception and good wishes.
The vice president said that over the years, he had acquired the experience needed to steer Nigeria effectively.
“On April 11, I formally declared intention to run as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“And I did so after serving as vice president to President Muhammadu Buhari for the past seven years and praying that by God’s Grace, I will do so for another year, up until May 29, 2023.
“In that period of seven years, I had the honour of serving under a transparent leader, President Buhari, one who exposed me very diligently to all that there is to know about governing a complex and very diverse s country such as ours.
“So, I believe that all the experience; those seven years period is important now; especially, as our country now wishes to transit; to move from one administration to another,” he said.
The vice president said he believed that the experience and exposure God had given him would be useful if elected president.