Osinbajo embraces Tinubu at National Collation Centre

Bola Tinubu and Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday attended the presentation of the certificate of return to President-elect Bola Tinubu at the National Collation Centre in Abuja.

Osinbajo and Tinubu, who both contested for the APC’s presidential ticket last year, shared a warm embrace moments after the latter was presented the certificate.

Osinbajo was not involved in Tinubu’s nationwide campaign prior to his election. His non-involvement, President Muhammadu Buhari said, was because he wanted his deputy to focus on governance as their tenure winds down.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, however, Osinbajo congratulated Tinubu, adding that he trusts him to tackle insecurity and improve the lives of Nigerians.

He said, “In your previous years of public service, you have demonstrated a consistent fidelity to progressive and welfarist ideals, and an ability to build bridges across several divides.

“These attributes are needed especially at this time, to reach out to disaffected sections of our society and to meet the aspirational expectations of our young people who have shown such a strong desire to impact our democratic process in a positive way.

“I trust that they will not allow whatever setbacks they may have experienced to truncate their strong desire to determine the future course of our national journey.

“Through thick and thin, we must all remain focused on the objective of birthing the Nigeria of our dreams.

“I pray that Almighty God will help you to fulfil the progressive mandate of our Party, as well as your various plans to improve the security, welfare and happiness of all Nigerians.”