Yoruba youths under the aegis of the Southwest Youth Congress, SYC, stated that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is the target of a smear campaign because of his alleged presidential ambition in 2023.
The young man, in a statement on Thursday, stated that the alleged defamation campaign would not remain in the eyes of right-wing Nigerians.
The statement signed by Comrade Bamise Akintomide, leader of the group, added: “While we are confident that the perceived threat against Professor Osinbajo bears the imprints of a desperate cabal’s wicked strategy for relevance, sadly they have also enlisted the support of agents of calumny of an equally desperate opposition.
“It is our considered opinion that such a campaign of calumny against the Vice President will not hold water in the eyes of right-thinking Nigerians.
“We do know that the orchestrated allegations against Professor Osinbajo, especially the baseless accusation of misusing a non-existent N90 billion campaign fund, are all targeted at achieving the singular objective of dissuading the vice president from considering the idea of running for the presidency in 2023.
“While Mr. Vice President has not told anyone that he will be running for office in 2023, the South West Youth Congress will like to emphasise that the leadership shown by Professor Osinbajo over the period he has worked alongside President Muhammadu Buhari to pilot the affairs of this country has proven his capacity for effective and result-driven governance, and it is our hope and desire that come 2023 he is on the ballot to run for the highest office in the land.
“If he decides to contest, it’s our belief that he is immensely qualified and therefore he has our support and deserves the support of all well-meaning Nigerians.”
The group called on all stakeholders and political leaders in the southwest to be circumspect and unite in support of the vice president.