A group under the aegis of Osinbanjo Grassroots Organisation (OGO) has warned people it described as “political jobbers” to desist from any form of defamation against the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN).
The group in a statement by its national convener, Ojo Sylvanus Foluso, on Wednesday, alleged that a Member of the House of Representatives has an agenda to defame the Vice President in order to give his presidential candidate an edge.
Sylvanus said they do not believe this is how politics should be played, adding that everyone who feels he is qualified for the position of president of Nigeria can take his matter to the electorate.
“We have seen and been privy to some of these plans in the past but we have chosen to ignore him and his co-travelers, with the recent one they are trying to embark, we can no longer keep silent, hence the need to issue this statement.
“Let them put their qualifications before the people. Let them come up with well-articulated program and agenda to consolidate President Muhammadu Buharii’s legacy and move the country to another level, for anyone to think that the path for him to rise is to destroy another, destruction awaits such a person at the gate.
“We, therefore, want to sound a note of warning for the jobbers that if they attack Osinbajo we may be pushed to go after their principal as well, we however do not believe in the politics of mudslinging, we do not even know why they fear so much a man who is yet to declare an interest in becoming President.
“For the fact that they think this Osinbajo is their only obstacle to power, we shall heighten our pressure on him to harken to our call and enter the ring. Osinbajo is as qualified as any other Nigerian and his right is guaranteed under the law of this country to seek the highest office.
“We are not praccing monarchy whereby someone can be said not to have blue blood. The qualification for the office is very clear and Osinbajo has this in abundance and it cannot be quesoned, doubted rubbished.
“He is well educated, knowledgeable and exposed. He has no baggage of any kind and he is well loved and respected across the country. He may not be a dealer. Yes he is not wealthy. His riches are in his knowledge, his hard work and his integrity which we all can atest to. This is specifically why he is most qualified at this me to assume the posion of leadership in Nigeria aer another man of integrity has completed his term. He is just, he is reliable, he is not greedy and he will not convert the commonwealth of Nigeria to his own and that of his family.
“So we call on you the hatchet man to sheath your sword so that you don’t bring opprobrium on whoever you may be working for. A word is enough for the wise,” he said.