A coalition of Arewa Civil Society Groups has cautioned the APC to be mindful of the presidential aspiration of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, claiming the VP simply wants immunity against plausible prosecution after the 2023 elections.
Convener of the group, Musa Attah, alleged that Osinbajo mismanaged funds under his control for various social intervention programmes of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
“The presidential aspiration of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo does not suit the purpose, given his track record in the mismanagement of the various Social Intervention Programmes of the federal government hitherto domiciled in his office, before the creation of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development,” he said.
The social intervention programmes mentioned by Attah included N-Power, Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, the Home Grown School Feeding Programme and the Tradermoni Empowerment Scheme.
“The heist committed by the Vice President and his cronies in implementing the programmes is (sic) quite despicable and a shame, given the multitude of evidence pointing to gross mismanagement and abuse of office.
“Therefore, it is unimaginable for the Vice President to indicate interest to rule this country. The implication of a Yemi Osinbajo’s presidency in Nigeria is that, the country’s resources would be diverted to private pockets most brazenly, as we saw in the NSIP.
“It, therefore, amounts to an insult to the sensibilities of Nigerians for Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, to want to lead Nigeria. He lacks morals and uprightness, as evident in his corrupt tendencies and lack of sincerity of heart and purpose.
“At this point, we are tempted to state in unequivocal terms that the attempt by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to seek the highest political office in the county is an attempt to shield himself from the probe after the expiration of his immunity,” the statement added.