Nigeria Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has declared his candidacy for the presidency

Nigerian Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has formally announced his ambition to run for President next year.


President Muhammadu Buhari’s term ends in May of next year, and he hopes to succeed him.


In 2015, Professor Osinbajo, a lawyer, was elected as Mr Buhari’s deputy.



He promised continuity in enhancing security and prioritizing the economy, infrastructure, combating poverty, and overhauling the justice system in a short video broadcast on social media.



He also described his boss as a “genuine Nigerian patriot and nation’s servant.”


Despite experiencing “some of the most difficult circumstances” in the country’s history, he said their administration has done well for Nigerians on the security front.


The 65-year-old vice president will compete for the presidential nomination against other members of the ruling APC party.


They include his patron, former Lagos governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is generally referred to be the party’s strongman.


Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi state, and Rotimi Amaechi, the current Transport Minister, are among the others.


Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike, Governor of Bauchi State Bala Muhammad, Governor of Sokoto State Aminu Tambuwal, and former Senate President Bukola Saraki are the key challengers in the opposition PDP party.


The presidential election is set for February of the following year.


Both the ruling and opposition parties are vying for the presidency, based on a contentious informal agreement to rotate the presidency between the north and south of the country to promote national cohesion.


President Buhari is a Nigerian from the north who is serving his second and final term in office.


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