The anxiety over who emerges as the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), may have been laid to rest, the party’s flag bearer, General Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday picked former Attorney General of Lagos State, Professor Yemi Osibajo as his vice presidential running mate. Buhari picked Osibajo ahead of other names, including governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi and Governor Adams Oshimhole of Edo State, as well as former Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi. It is not yet clear if Osibajio has been ratified by the party leaders, especially those from the South West West who are meeting to take a final decision on the issue.
Professor Yemi Osibajo was born in Lagos State, Nigeria into the family of the late Sir. Adeyemi. He obtained a Bachelor of Law, LL.B from the University of Lagos, an and a Master of law, LL. M from the London School of Economics. Osibanjo is an Erudite scholar and motivational speaker who has held some leadership position.Between 1988 to 1991, he was the Special Advisor to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He later joined the services of theUniversity of Lagos where he became a professor of Public law and was appointed as the Head of Department of Public Law in 1997, a position he held for 2 years (1997-1999). After his tenure in 1999, he was immediately appointed as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Lagos State under the administration of senator Bola Tinubu, who is now the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC Osibanjo held this position for 8 years, until the end of his tenure in 2007. He his the chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of Redeemer’s University and a solicitor to the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on the suits against Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
On December 2014, he was nominated alongside with Babatunde Raji Fashola, the Executive Governor of Lagos State as the All Progressive Congress, APC running mate of General Muhammadu Buhari for the 2015 Presidential Election. Chieftains of the party from the Southwest geopolitical zone, had been meeting since Sunday night met to deliberate on the choice of Buhari’s running mate.The meeting was attended by the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, the immediate past National Chairman of the party, Bisi Akande, the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the National Convention Committee of the party, Kayode Fayemi, governors Babatunde Fashola [Lagos], Ibikunle Amosun [Ogun], Rauf Aregbesola [Osun] and Abiola Ajimobi [Oyo].Others present at the meeting include Segun Oni [Deputy National Chairman, South], Pius Akinyelure [Vice Chairman, South West], Tajudeen Olawutan Bello [National Financial Secretary], Lai Mohammed [National Publicity Secretary], and Muiz Banire [National Legal Adviser]. PROCEED TO SEE MORE ON PAGE 2