Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday played the ethnic card in the ongoing political game ahead of the 2019 election as he promised that the Yoruba would get the Presidency in 2023 if Buhari was re-elected.
He disclosed that the current bid to have Buhari re-elected was not about today for the Yoruba but the future.
He said with Buhari in in 2019, the position of the Yoruba for the Presidency was settled.
Osinbajo made the disclosure at the palace of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, where he went to pay homage.
In his company were Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State; the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo, Adebayo Adelabu; former Senate Leader, Teslim Folarin, and Akeem Adeyemi, who represents Atiba/ Afijio/Oyo East/Oyo West in the House of Representatives.
“The 2019 general elections is our own. We are not looking at the 2019 but 2023.
“If we get it in 2019, Yoruba will get it in 2023. Because if we don’t get it in 2019, we may not get it in 2023 and it may take a very long time to get it.
“We need to look at tomorrow and not because of today. What we are doing now is for tomorrow and not for today,” Osinbajo said.
While stressing that Buhari had performed well since he became president in 2015, he warned the Yoruba that they should not vote for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which he said had put the country in a bad shape. “Now, they are regrouping. These are the people that have ruled for 16 years and they say they want to come back again. They are corrupt. Though, it is still difficult because no man or woman can build a house without a foundation,” he added.
In his speech at the occasion, Oba Adeyemi prayed for the success of the government, just as he described Osinbajo as a cerebral lawyer.
His words: “He is a good lawyer, the case he instituted on behalf of Lagos State when the federal government withheld the local government allocations in Lagos State during Obasanjo regime, he won the case. And it was Yar’Adua that paid the money to Lagos State. The load you are carrying is big, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, you will succeed.”