The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has poured cold water on his rumoured presidential ambition.
He denied insinuation that he has indicated interest in contesting the 2023 presidential election, saying his major focus was how to address the myriads of problems, confronting the country, including the state of insecurity that has permeated every state of the federation.
Osinbajo was reacting to a website that is purportedly campaigning and mobilising support for his presidential ambition ahead of the 2023 election.
But, the Vice President, through his Spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement distanced himself from the activities of the website, even as he described the campaign as an unnecessary enterprise.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Office of the Vice President has been drawn to a website:supportosinbajo.ng that is calling on Nigerians to join a volunteer group mobilizing support for Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
“Details of this website and the solicitation of the group are currently trending on WhatsApp with a suggestion that Prof. Osinbajo has ‘quietly’ declared interest in the 2023 election.
“The Office of the Vice President is not in any way connected to this website or the group behind it and considers such an enterprise an unnecessary distraction.
“Prof. Osinbajo has not declared any interest whatsoever in the 2023 election, but he is rather focused on working in his capacity as Vice President in the current administration to address all the compelling issues in the country and concerns of Nigerians, including finding effective and lasting solutions to the security challenges.
“Therefore, we ask that people desist from such unhelpful permutations while we all deal together with the challenges confronting us as Nigerians, and resolve them for the benefit of our people, peace and prosperity in the land.”