Legacy lost

Osinbajo: The Nigerian president who never was

By Eniola Akinkuotu

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Posted on April 14, 2023 12:59

 © Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo (George Osodi/Bloomberg via Getty)
Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo (George Osodi/Bloomberg via Getty)

With Bola Tinubu set to become the president of Nigeria in barely six weeks, we take a look at the ill-fated presidential ambition of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and his legacy.

Addressing the delegates who had converged on the Eagle Square, Abuja – the venue of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary – Vice-President Osinbajo noted that the destiny of over 200 million Nigerians was in the hands of these thousands of delegates who would pick the winner of the contest.

“[…] we stand today on the threshold of history. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, so much depends on so few of us. 2,322 delegates will decide the future of our children and their own children; 2,322 persons will decide the fortunes of Africa’s largest economy and the largest population of black people on earth; 2,322 people,” said Osinbajo.

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