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Akande, Media Aide, asserts that public interest is driving Osinbajo’s presidential candidacy.

 

Akande said Osinbajo could not have ignored the belief many Nigerians reposed in him as the face of new Nigerian by just walking away

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, addresses a crowd of APC youths at the International Conference Centre in Abuja on June 21, 2021.

The Senior Special Assistant to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, says public interest is the reason the Vice President contested for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In the primary election, Osinbajo placed third behind Rotimi Amaechi and Bola Tinubu, who went on to become the party’s flag bearer and win the February 25 presidential election. Osinbajo faced criticism from some party members for running against Tinubu, who they claimed had nominated him for his current role as Vice President.Akande explained that Osinbajo’s decision to run for the presidential ticket was influenced by the strong belief many Nigerians had in him as a symbol of a new Nigeria, and that he couldn’t simply walk away from that.

During an interview on Channels Televisions’ Sunrise Daily on Friday, Osinbajo’s media aide, Laolu Akande, stated that the Vice President decided to contest for the presidential ticket because he couldn’t ignore the belief many Nigerians have in him as the face of a new Nigeria. Akande emphasized that public interest was the overriding factor in Osinbajo’s decision to contest, and that it was important to take any step in the best interest of the people. He further stated that the Vice President’s experience and understanding of what needed to be done made it difficult for him to just walk away.After failing to secure the APC presidential ticket, Osinbajo did not participate in Tinubu’s campaign events during the election period. Tinubu went on to win the election, defeating Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and Peter Obi of the LP, who came second and third respectively.

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