Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has shut down rumours that he was gearing up for elections in 2019 reiterating that he has no plans to run for the Presidency.
According to Reuters, Osinbajo said this when he was asked at the Financial Times Africa Summit in London about his political ambitions.
Osinbajo answered, “None of that is on the cards.”
It would be recalled that Osinbajo had earlier disowned a group known as Osinbajo Volunteers, which is campaigning for his election as President in 2019.
The vice president ‘s spokesman, Laolu Akande, had asked Nigerians to disregard the group, adding that he had nothing to do with them.
The group had said Nigeria now has a “leader who has a clue what to do and (how to) turn Nigeria the beloved to the land of our dreams”.
Osinbajo, who regretted that Nigeria had lost as much as 1 million barrels per day of oil production last year following militant attacks on oil installations, said that all that had ceased as Nigeria now pumps about 1.85 million barrels per day and climbing towards 2 million, which is closer to its targeted production of around 2.2 million barrels per day.
He added that the Federal Government was making concerted efforts to diversify its oil-dependent economy because “we don’t have all the time in the world with oil. We have to use oil while it makes sense to do so.”
Prof. Osinbajo lauded the achievements of the President Buhari led administration in kick-starting the economy.
“Practical examples of success include leveraging the use of technology to fast-track business registration and payment of taxes, a functioning, tried and tested 48-hour electronic visa procedure and an Executive Order mandating greater transparency and efficiency across all government agencies.
“The reforms have led to a reduction in cost and time, as well as greater transparency for small and medium-sized enterprises in particular.”