Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says consultations with the people are critical in governance and important for national development, especially in a country as diverse and complex as Nigeria.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday, said the vice president had a dinner with speakers and deputy speakers of a number of State Houses of Assembly on Sunday at his official residence in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to the vice-president, government partnership is very important.
“That is the kind of relationship that I think makes governance easier.
” The only way to make a complex country like this work is by consultations; there is no other way,” he said.
The vice-president said that he would apply the partnership model in governance if he was nominated by the All Progressives Congress, APC, as its presidential flag bearer and elected as president.
He restated the value of his experience to lead the country as president in 2023
“In terms of training on the job, I think I am quite well trained.
“So, I believe very strongly that, although there are other contestants who are also very capable and competent, I believe that just in terms of readiness, I think that if there is anyone who is prepared for that, I am certainly that person.
“So, if by the grace of God, I am nominated by the party and the electorate, I think that God helping us, we will be able to do much in office.
“And one of the very important things for me is what I would describe as a partnership,” he said.
Mr Osinbajo recalled his tour of the Niger Delta in 2017 on behalf of the president, which birthed the administration’s Niger Delta New Vision and restored peace and stability, among other significant development gains in the region.
He said people wanted to be engaged; spoken to and carried along.
“That engagement taught me something very crucial, the most important thing of all in this country is for us to be able to sit down and talk on any issue.
“People want to be able to express their views, and they want to be heard/helped, and we must create the time to hear them to understand their views.
“Whatever policy that is, engagement is always the best approach, I think that has succeeded in so many instances. I am confident that the partnership model is one that will always work,” he said.
The vice president also highlighted the partnership between the presidency and the 36 state governors in spite of party differences.
He said such relationship led to President Muhammadu Buhari approving a bailout to states to pay workers’ salaries, budget support facilities, Paris Debt refunds among other packages from the Federal Government in the past years.
Mr Osinbajo said that the partnership had also helped in the cordial working relationships with all the state governors under the auspices of the National Economic Council, NEC, which the vice president chairs.
In their remarks, the speakers and deputy speakers commended the vice president for his efforts in the general development of the country, while many of them endorsed his aspiration to become president in 2023.
Pledging his support for the vice president, Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Abdullahi Wuse, said that the vice president had the best of the capacity to lead as from 2023.
“Few people have the intellectual capacity, the capabilities that you are exhibiting as the vice president of this country.
“We look forward to a situation where you will be the President; I believe that you will do more if given the opportunity to be president of this country,” he said.
On his part, Ogun State House of Assembly Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, said that Nigerians everywhere appreciated the vice president who had shown total capacity in leadership.
According to him, the country will experience transformation if Mr Osinbajo is elected president in 2023.
“His coming will accelerate a lot of development in this country; also he will hit the ground running,” he said.
More so, Katsina State House of Assembly Speaker, Tasiu Musa-Maigari, commended the vice president’s good qualities of leadership– honesty, hard work and loyalty.
He said Mr Osinbajo would make a very good president.
In his own remarks, the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Speaker, Ibrahim Abdullahi, said that Mr Osinbajo had the requisite experience to lead the country.
“We appreciate your capacity and intelligence. And we are thankful that we have somebody like Osinbajo in this country.”
“We don’t need to be reminded that even the president trusts you so much, and trusts your capacity.
“You love this country, and we are sure by the time the vice president takes over from President Buhari, you will start where he ends.
“By the special grace of God, the vice president will take over the ticket of the APC.
“We are going to line up behind you; If truly, we want this country to prosper, this is the time to rally round the vice president.
“It is not about religion; it is about capacity; we are sure of your capacity and we are sure you are going to take us to the next level,” he said.