The vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 presidential election, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday said the country needed a man of integrity, such as the APC’s flag bearer, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to end corruption in the country.
Osinbajo, who joined passengers in the Bus Rapid Transit from the Tafawa Balewa Square to Barracks area of Lagos, urged Nigerians to vote for Buhari, saying the former military Head of State is the only one that can curb corruption in the country.
The former Lagos State Commissioner for Justice addressed passengers in the bus, saying he would utilise “unusual opportunities to reach out to Nigerians on the need to vote out the PDP.”
He said, “Every Nigerian knows that Maj. Gen. Buhari is a no-nonsense person. He is going to make changes that would turn Nigeria around for the better. Remember that the APC is the party of change. Collect your PVC and ensure that you vote for the APC.
“The only way to make an omelet is to break an egg. You have to do something and I think that all of us, whatever it is that we are involved in must be interested in making a difference in this country. This country needs help desperately. Considering the economy and the security challenges, everyone of us must be involved in trying to get a change.”
While responding to a question by one of the BRT passengers, identified as Mfawa Edet, on whether Buhari was sponsoring Boko Haram, Osinbajo dismissed the allegations as “pure propaganda.” He noted that if Buhari was sponsoring the Boko Haram sect, they would not have attempted to kill him.
The arrival of Osinbajo at Barracks area of Lagos attracted some APC supporters and caused a mild gridlock on the road. Party supporters, who chanted solidarity songs, struggled to take photographs with him.
Giving an account of his stewardship as a former Attorney General of Lagos State, Osinbajo said the Lagos State judiciary recorded huge success because he enforced a zero tolerance policy for corruption.
He said during his tenure, 22 magistrates and three judges were sacked because of corruption-related cases.
He said, “In 1999, there was a survey, a great percentage said there was so much corruption in the judiciary in Lagos State. We decided on a plan; first we increased the salaries of the members of staff, we also decided that if a report was made about any judge, we follow up the report and treat any complaint of injustice, involve in investigation and we will reach a logical conclusion.” – Punch.