Ahead of the 2023 presidential race, a group, We Move Group, has thrown its weight behind Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, describing him as “the most qualified and competent Nigerian to lead the country in 2023”.
The group stated this Wednesday during its virtual inaugural meeting, which drew participation from leading professionals, business people, and politicians within and outside Nigeria.
The group’s Spokesman, Wale Akingbade, who spoke at the event, noted that they endorsed Osinbajo after careful deliberations and consultations with decision-makers and opinion leaders from diverse parts of the country.
” Our endorsement of the Vice President is hinged on his six identified strengths and qualities, which include time-proven credentials, competence, character, conviction, compassion, and commitment to national unity”, he declared.
The group stated further that Nigeria needs a rounded, competent, and credible candidate with nationwide appeal and acceptance, which was considered before its chosen candidate.
Speaking further, Akingbade said that since independence, “Nigeria has been searching for a leader who will rise above the differences to embrace our commonalities”.
He observed, “the Vice President is not a desperate politician, but someone with a genuine heart for service… and our mandate is to continue to engage with like minds across religious and ethnic divides to see the need to have a great president like Vice President Yemi Osinbajo come 2023.”
“We need to build a strong Nigeria that is one people, one nation of men and women of all faiths, of all ethnicities committed to a country run on high values of integrity, hard work, and justice for all progress. No one represents these ideals better than the Vice President, and that is why we are confident he is the one to lead Nigeria into new dawn come 2023”.
On his part, the Convener of the group, Tony Epelle, noted that “to build a new Nigeria, there must be a collective of men and women who are prepared to make the sacrifices to stick together to fight injustice, to fight corruption and to insist on the rule of law as key pillars for building a healthy progressive society”.
He identified the Vice President “as a principled leader, with the right people focused and public service credentials to lead Nigeria at a critical time when the nation needs experienced, skillful, stable hands at the helm.”
He noted that “even in situations where the Vice President does not wield total executive power, he uses advocacy to advance causes he believes in, like his laudable rehabilitation/welfare initiative in the war-torn North East of Nigeria.”
A Co-convener, Alhaji Zakari Buba, said that Nigerians had a rare opportunity to back Osinbajo being “a one-in-a-million politician with an impeccable and unblemished record of integrity, honesty, and trustworthiness”.
He said that “those who have had the privilege to associate with Osinbajo will attest that he is the kind of leader we need at this critical phase of our nationhood, given his transparent commitment to the progress of people from every part of the country and his uncommon fairness and loyalty even in tough times.”