The Southwest Youth Congress (SYC), Ondo State chapter has insisted no amount of lies can stop Vice President Yemi Osinbajo from becoming president in 2023.
This was made known during a pro-Osinbajo procession in Akure on Thursday.
It comes as the vice president fights back over allegations of financial mismanagement.
There have been reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was probing the vice president over the management of the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP).
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Timi Frank, also accused Osinbajo of collecting N90billion from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to fund the 2019 general elections in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Leading Ondo SYC members in protest, Bamise Akintomide alleged that “desperate cabals” are responsible for the “campaign of calumny” against Osinbajo to stop the presidency from moving to the southwest.
“It is our considered opinion that such a campaign of calumny against a decent character like the Vice-President will not hold water in the eyes of right-thinking Nigerians.
“We do know that the orchestrated allegations against Professor Osinbajo, especially the baseless accusation of misusing a non-existent N90 billion campaign fund, are all targeted at achieving the singular objective of dissuading the vice president from considering the idea of running for the presidency in 2023,” Mr Akintomide said.
Osinbajo, who on Wednesday threatened to sue those spreading false allegations against him, has not suggested he is interested in running as president in 2013.
According to Akintomide, “While Mr Vice President has not told anyone that he will be running for office in 2023, the Southwest Youth Congress will like to emphasise that the leadership shown by Professor Osinbajo over the period he has worked alongside President Muhammadu Buhari to pilot the affairs of this country have proven his capacity for effective and result-driven governance, and it is our hope and desire that come 2023 he is on the ballot to run for the highest office in the land.
“If he decides to contest, it’s our belief that he is immensely qualified and therefore he has our support and deserves the support of all well-meaning Nigerians.
“While it’s true that there is no amount of gimmicks or lies that can stop Professor Osinbajo from becoming Nigeria’s president if God so wills.”