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‘New Nigeria’ remains possible – Vice President


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday
said a new Nigeria is possible.

He made the remark while speaking in Abuja at the campaign office of the Progressive Project (TPP), a coalition of support groups that backed the Vice President for the presidency.

He said, ”We went to the convention, and the results showed us clearly that we lost, but it is only a battle, it is not the war.

”There are battles ahead, but we will win the war for a new Nigeria. I have no doubt in my mind that we will win that war for a new Nigeria.

“That is why our movement for a new Nigeria must remain strong and firm. And we will do everything to keep our movement strong and solid.”

According to the Vice President, despite the result of the APC Presidential Primary, “the dream of a new country remains alive and well.

”We will have at the back of our minds, that what you have started in the various movements, coming into one, is the seed that will birth a new nation. You and I know the time has come and we will devote everything to it.

“I am committed and will remain committed to that dream of a new Nigeria, for as long as you are willing and recognize that we have not yet written the story of this country, we have not yet completed the story of this country.

”’As a matter of fact, the story has just begun, this movement has just started,” he said.

The Vice President further said, “a new Nigeria has only just started, and everywhere across this land, it will be clear to all that a new Nigeria has been born.

”Once the genie comes out of the bottle, you cannot put it back. The word has been spoken; it cannot be taken back: it is time for a New Nigeria,” he added.

Osinbajo said he remains committed to the dream of a new Nigeria, despite losing the All Progressives Congress’ presidential ticket to Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The Vice President also stated that he will support the winner and flagbearer of the APC for the 2023 presidential elections, Bola Tinubu.

Osinbajo was received by a large crowd at the TPP Office in Abuja, a statement signed by presidential spokesperson Laolu Akande said.

In his address to the crowd of supporters, the Vice President described the clamour for a new Nigeria as a movement.

“This movement is a movement within a party also, we are not doing something that has not been heard of before,” he said.

Pledging support for the APC presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, Prof. Osinbajo recalled the personal letter he wrote to Asiwaju  congratulating him on his victory at the party primary.

“In that letter, I said to him that the dream of this country, the dream of a new country remains alive and well. And I want you to know in your hearts that we are democrats when we participate in a contest and the results are announced.

“No matter what those results may be, we abide by them because there is only one process for democrats, whether that process is good or bad, there is only one, and we have gone through that process.

“And in that process, a winner has been adjudged, but that does not kill the dream of the great future. We will support our party; we will support the flagbearer of our party because we know that the other side is not even worth considering.

”So, we will support the flagbearer of our party, we will do everything we can.”

Also speaking, some leaders of Osinbajo Support groups lauded the Vice President for being a true leader and inspiration to millions of Nigerians.

Dr Ahmed Badanga described the Vice President as “a role model to all of us. You are the Obama of Africa. You have made us proud and we will continue to remain with you.”

He added, “yes, we are progressives and we need to move forward. I will urge all of us to remain steadfast and committed to this cause because we have a bright future ahead of us.”

The Vice President was accompanied on the visit to the Campaign Office by former Kano State Governor and the Senator representing Kano South in the National Assembly, Senator Kabiru Gaya; Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu; among other senior government officials.

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