Osinbajo congratulates Tinubu on winning APC presidential primary

Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has congratulated Bola Tinubu on his emergence as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Osinbajo polled 235 votes in the primary to place third despite posing the biggest threat to Tinubu’s presidential ambition.

Tinubu won with 1,271 votes while the former minister of transportation Rotimi Amaechi was second on the log with 316 votes.

In a statement on Thursday, Osinbajo also called for unity among APC members, saying Tinubu’s sterling contributions to democracy stood him out.

He said, “I congratulate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his victory at our party primaries and his emergence as the Presidential Candidate and Flagbearer of our great party, the APC for the forthcoming 2023 Presidential Elections.

“I also congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari and all leaders of the APC for a successful Special Convention and Presidential Primary.

“For many decades, our Flagbearer has shown passion, patriotism, courage and determination in the cause of nation-building. His sterling contributions to our democracy and its progress stand him out.

“His wealth of experience will certainly be critical in our party’s continued efforts to attain a more secure and prosperous Nigeria.

“To all members of our great party, regardless of who you voted for at the primaries, we must now unite behind our Presidential Candidate and Flagbearer to ensure victory for our party in the 2023 elections.”

Tinubu had snubbed Osinbajo during the convention on Wednesday when he went to the State House box to greet President Muhammadu Buhari just before he was announced winner.

The former Lagos governor later returned to exchange pleasantries with Osinbajo when prompted by one of Osinbajo’s aides.