While there is room for political realignment,
Osinbajo Support Movement (OSM), National Coordinator, Mr. Liberty Badmus has said any talk of forgiveness between the Vice President and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is both an insult and a provocation which supporters of the VP have rejected.
Badmus in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday stressed that it had become paramount to respond to a group of persons who were in Kano declare their support for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu but took an unnecessary step of pleading for forgiveness on behalf of the VP.
The group in its statement noted that the presentation of the support group in question does not represent the true position of coalition of all Support Groups which rooted for the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo in the build up of APC Presidential Primary.
The statement read in part: “While the OSM welcomes the need for the APC flagbearer and other presidential aspirants to come together, the group rejects the use of the word “forgiveness” and the implications attached to it.”
“We note just like the flagbearer stated that both the VP and himself have met at least twice since after the primaries, any attempt to take a revisionist perspective by insinuating that an offence had been committed because a sitting VP decided to run for the Office of President is an unmitigated insult, completely unnecessary and such narratives ought to be totally discouraged.”
“We recall that a meeting of APC Elders in the Southwest ahead of the primaries where the aspirants had resolved the issue concluding that all the aspirants had the right to contest. It is the spirit of that meeting that should be maintained not a derogatory effort which undercuts the solidarity required to take both the flagbearer and the aspirants including the VP forward.”
The group said support of everyone was appreciated and their new political choice is respected, but will not accept a situation where every group or individuals in the Vice President’s camp will be forced and classified into this self serving agenda.
“Everyone who supported the Vice President has the right to support whoever they wish after the primary, and Vice President Osinbajo has made it clear that people are free to support the party’s candidate but no one should however ridicule us and our principal by going to beg for forgiveness,” the statement added.
The group also noted that, “Nigeria runs a democratic democracy, and approves anyone within the legal ambit of our laws (constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the APC constitution) to seek to be elected for President and other elective offices as so desired”.
“For the umpteenth time, we state that His Excellency, the Vice President has not committed any crime or offended anyone by seeking to serve his country in the capacity of President.”
“We wish to call on Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to face his campaign and ignore elements who want to want to benefit from him by regularly invoking Osinbajo. Osinbajo has since moved on and he is vigorously facing the task of nation building for which he was elected Vice President”, said Mr Badmus.
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