Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday gave assurance that President Muhammadu Buhari will hand over power to a south-westerner, if the region supports him for next year’s elections.
Osinbajo stated this in Ibadan as he met the Alaafin of Oyo in Ibadan. He urged the Yoruba to work for the success of Mr Buhari in 2019, noting that it would take a long time for a Yoruba person to get the Presidency if Mr Buhari fails to return in 2019.
“It is good to pay homage to the palace. I greet you the king, I greet the Alaafin of Oyo and other traditional rulers here present. Anytime I come to the Kabiesi either here or in Abuja, I say it is home coming,” he said.
“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.”
He said Mr Buhari had proven to be a man with zero tolerance for corruption. He described corruption as one of Nigeria’s major problems.
“What I know about Buhari is that he is an honest man. What he says he will do, he will do it,” he said.
He urged the people of the southwest not to return the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying Mr Buhari had laid a foundation to put Nigeria on the right path.
“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 said.