The wife of late politician and leader, Obafemi Awolowo, has given her support to Yemi Osinbajo, the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, with a call on Nigerians to vote Mr. Osinbajo at the February 14 election.
Mr. Osinbajo is the running mate to Muhammadu Buhari, the former military ruler, who is challenging President Goodluck Jonathan to the top job.
The call came when Mr. Osinbajo paid a visit to the matriarch, Hannah Awolowo, at her Ikenne home.
Mrs. Awolowo expressed her gratitude to God over the choice of Mr. Osinbajo as the running mate of Mr. Buhari and sought the support of the people of Ikenne in particular and Nigerians in general to make the dream comes to fulfilment.
“I am very grateful this morning to see that Yemi Osinbajo is going to higher ground and it is my prayer that he will get there. I urge you all to support his aspiration. God will take you there,” she said.
Earlier in his speech, Mr. Osinbajo eulogized the virtues of the late leader, Obafemi Awolowo, for his contribution to the development of the country, assuring that his party would not derail in carrying on with the his good policies and programmes.
“My choice as the vice-presidential candidate of our party is a rare opportunity for Remoland, Ogun State and Nigeria. It is God’s divine. Awolowo came out of Remoland to become the Premier of the defunct Western region and he did excellently well. It is my utmost believe and prayer that we will do more than him,” Mr. Osinbajo said.
He said he was in Ikenne, his homestead, to receive blessings from the nonagenarian for a successful outcome at the polls come Feburary 14.
He attributed high level of insecurity, unemployment, failure in the power sector and other socio-economic challenges confronting Nigeria to bad leadership, promising that his party would bring about the desired change in all ramifications.
Mr. Osinbajo was accompanied by his wife, Dolapo, his brother, Akin Osinbajo, who was former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Ogun State, the Iyaloja General of Remoland, Mercy Owolana, a former senator, Olorunimbe Mamora, among others.
The team also paid a courtesy call on the Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Michael Sonariwo, and the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Kayode Adetona.
Mr. Osinbajo had earlier visited homes of notable sons of the town which include Adeleke Adesina, who is the coordinator of Ikenne’s Peoples Forum and Idowu Sofola.
In his remark, at a town hall meeting, held at Ikenne Town Hall, Mr. Adesina called for support of sons and daughters of the town by voting for Buhari/Osinbajo in the elections.
Mr. Adesina told the gathering which had in attendance members of different political parties that the forum was established to drum their unflinching support for their own, whom he said was a bonafide indigene of the town.
“This is our project. The very day his name was announced as the running mate of Buhari was the very day we formed the Ikenne Peoples Forum, so that we can chart a common front by supporting our son, Professor Osinbajo,” he said.
“The forum is not partisan. It consists of people from different political parties. Our goal is to vote for our son in becoming the number two citizen of this great country. He is God’s appointee and we must all support him. We must support him with our votes and that is why we are starting the campaign from home,” he added.
Similarly, Mr. Mamora, in his address, appealed to indigenes and residents of the town to explore the capacity for rational decision by voting for APC in the forthcoming elections.