The Alake of Egbaland, in Ogun, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo has said Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has paid his dues and as such, deserves to be elected Nigeria’s president come 2023.
Gbadebo spoke on Tuesday in Abeokuta, while hosting the VP who was on a courtesy visit.
Osinbajo, accompanied by Governor Dapo Abiodun, was in Ogun as part of his consultations with stakeholders ahead of the 2023 presidential election in which he had declared interest to run.
The traditional ruler said that Osinbajo had creditably acquitted himself in service to the nation and was eminently qualified to be the next president.
“Every president from this part of the country that has passed through here has succeeded in becoming the president.
“Every time the vice-president has passed here and gone for something competitive, he has always won; this will not be an exception.
“By the grace of God, our vice-president has paid his dues; he has gone through serving others and has been winning colours all the way.
“He had the same subjects in high school like I had and won laurels.
“In the university, through his research work, and in the legal practice, he has been most outstanding.
“Why should we not ask you for just one more position to the glory of God, and for the benefit of all Nigerians and you will say `no’? Certainly, not here,’’ the traditional ruler said.
He prayed that Osinbajo’s next visit to the palace would be a “thank you’’ visit after his victory at the poll.
Earlier, Osinbajo had said he was in the palace to brief the traditional ruler on the progress that he had made so far in the pursuit.
“Of course, Kabiyesi knows that on April 11, I formally declared my intension to run for the position of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“And after I did, I have consulted with our governors; consulted with our legislators and I have been in one or two states.”