For 2 main causes, many wished the VP to affix the presidential race to spite his ‘political benefactor’ and National leader of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who has additionally been within the race since January.
This group of individuals needs the argument about political loyalty in relation to Tinubu to be punctured once and for all. From their factors of view, Osinbajo reserves the fitting to contest for president and his relationship with the previous governor of Lagos State ought to by no means cease his ambition.
There are different teams who fell in love with the character of the Vice President and need him to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, to proceed the ‘good works’ of their administration.
One excellent quality that endears the VP to many Nigerians is his oratorical reward. When Osinbajo speaks, he provides the vibe of a superb orator. Eloquence is a strong tool within the arms of politicians and Osinbajo wields it like a magic wand.
The Nigerian political area shouldn’t be gifted with recognised orators, not least ones who’re as good as Osinbajo. However with somebody like Osinbajo as a Vice President, many Nigerians want the nation had political leaders whose speeches may motivate and inspire hope. Therefore, many waited with bated breath to listen to the presidential declaration of the Vice President.
Nevertheless, what many had thought would occur shortly after Tinubu’s declaration, took the Vice President and his crew three months to take place.
At first, it appeared just like the VP was not excited about joining the presidential race as he saved his cards close to his chest. Even when rumours of his presidential ambition filtered by way of social media, along with his notorious TikToks and ‘Bad man looking good ndi aww’ second, the VP’s crew was at all times there to debunk and dismiss it.
After Tinubu’s declaration, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi all declared their pursuits within the 2023 presidency.
Whereas presidential hopefuls in each the APC and PDP had been declaring, Osinbajo didn’t give a glimpse of hope to these calling him to run.
His silence on his ambition nearly cemented the insinuations that he may not run once more due to the narrative in some quarters, that doing so wouldn’t solely pitch him in opposition to Tinubu, but additionally challenge him as a political betrayer and ingrate.
As ridiculous because the insinuation sounds, Osinbajo’s perceived reluctance to declare his presidential ambition nearly gave the speculations an inexpensive floor to fester.
These in his circles declare they knew way back to January that VP would declare for the 2023 presidency. And after taking his time to consult and put together for his declaration, the VP didn’t inspire Nigerians together with his declaration speech.
Within the speech, Osinbajo took Nigerians by way of his seven years of interactions and experiences with trade stakeholders, wealthy and poor Nigerians within the trenches in addition to victims of insecurity in refugee camps.
Like everybody else, the VP is conscious of Nigeria’s many issues but somehow, his speech didn’t inspire hope in Nigerians on how a few of these issues can be solved. Slightly, we obtained a promise that his administration would extrapolate President Muhammadu Buhari’s policies and programmes.
As a lot as many Nigerians need Osinbajo to succeed Buhari, there’s a worry that his administration may very well be an extension of Buhari’s authorities. And this could be an incurable affliction to undergo something like the present administration for a second time.
However right here is our pricey Vice President promising to finish what the Buhari administration began. After all, nobody is asking Osinbajo to criticise the federal government is part of, to shore up his possibilities, however predicating his presidential marketing campaign on finishing Buhari’s programmes sounds extra like a risk or unwarranted sycophancy, at finest.
Buhari and Osinbajo began the journey with a ‘Change’ marketing campaign in 2015. Although their administration didn’t impact the wanted change of their first time period, they promised and hoodwinked the nation with the Subsequent Degree agenda in 2019.
If each the Change and the Subsequent Degree guarantees had been profitable, Osinbajo wouldn’t in his declaration speech look us within the face and promised to increase the political and financial stagnancy the nation has been consigned to since 2015.
Sure, we admire the oratorical finesse with which the declaration speech was delivered. That’s one factor nobody can take away from a person, who’s a pastor, lecturer and lawyer, but when that speech is all of the VP has to push his presidential ambition, then the session he has been having since January was a sheer waste of his treasured time.
Osinbajo should have learn the room earlier than popping out with that speech. That’s not what Nigerians need to hear from any Moses that’s keen to take them out of the wilderness.
What Nigerians want is a radical presidential aspirant who is able to take the nation out of its present conundrum, not anybody coming with a promise to extrapolate the ineffective insurance policies or failed packages we’ve seen in current occasions.
*Pulse Editor’s Opinion is the point of view of an Editor at Pulse. It doesn’t symbolize the opinion of the Organisation Pulse.
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