The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has today (Wednesday, December 17, 2014) announced his party’s selection of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as his running mate in the 2015 election.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, Buhari said in selecting Osinbajo, the party has picked a man of unquestionable character, a professional and an intellectual, whom he believed would discharge the duties expected of him with utmost diligence.
He said, “I want to present to you a man of great character, a thorough professional, a man of high integrity, an intellectual and Nigeria’s next Vice president,” he said.
Accepting the offer, Osinbajo, who said he was privileged to be offered the opportunity to serve as the running mate of the retired general, explained that he had consulted widely before taking on the task.
Reports have it that Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, who was one of the likely candidates for the VP slot would be named the Director General of the APC presidential campaign while former Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Dele Alake, would be named to lead the media relations of the party.
THE MAN OSINBAJO
55 year old Yemi Osinbajo is a resident pastor at the Olive Tree House of Prayer for All Nations, Banana Island, a parish of the RCCG.
He lives in Lagos with his wife, Dolapo Osinbajo, who is a grandchild of the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo with three children.
He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Senior Partner in the Law firm of Simmons Cooper Partners.
He obtained his LLB and LLM degrees at the University of Lagos and the London School of Economics respectively.
Between 1988 and 1992, he was the Special Adviser to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He also served as a staff member of the United Nations and Member of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Committee of Experts on Conduct and Discipline of UN Peacekeeping personnel around the globe.
Prof. Osinbajo is a two term Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in 1999 and 2003.
He is currently an Ethics Advisor to the Ethics Committee of the African Development Bank and is a non-executive Director of Citibank.
He is Co-founder & Board Member Convention on Business Integrity and the Justice Research Institute Ltd. He has also authored several law books.
In 2007, Prof. and his wife Oludolapo founded “The Orderly Society Trust”, a non- governmental organization that is dedicated to the promotion of Christian ethics and orderliness.