Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday visited the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II where he reiterated his desire to serve the country.
Osinbajo visited the revered monarch as he continues consultations ahead of the 2023 presidential race.
The former lecturer, who said he has been exposed to various areas of governance for years, noted that he is experienced to lead Nigeria.
While he told the Oba he is in the state for political reasons, Osinbajo said he deemed it appropriate to make the Palace his first stop.
The visit to the palace, the Vice President, explained is to inform the Oba of his intention to run for president in the coming election. He also said he is in the state to consult with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Oba of Benin and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during the latter’s visit to the monarch on April 28, 2022. Photo: gbemisola300
On his part, the Oba of Benin said he admires the Vice President’s eloquence, calmness, humility, respect for culture, and fear of God. He also thanked him for having respect for culture.
The Oba also believes that putting the electorate first should be a priority for political officeholders. He, however, regretted that while politicians make promises, and use all sorts of tactics, they eventually do not put the electorate first.
Oba Ewuare, therefore, appealed to politicians not to continue in that trend.
He noted that the country is blessed with resources but wondered why there’s suffering and poverty and crime.
The monarch, who reminded Osinbajo that he (VP) is a cleric, said if he emerges as president, he would have a lot on his shoulders to turn things around.
According to him, the VP is eminently qualified for the position as he prayed that the voters hear his voice. He wished Osinbajo well in the pursuit.