Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was at a dinner organized for former Niger Delta agitators at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Reacting to question as to how he became the vice president, Osinbajo skillfully avoided the raging controversy as to who nominated him to be President Buhari’s running mate.
Osinbajo said “Somebody somewhere” must nominate one before occupying a position.
He refrained from naming who nominated him.
He said, “I was in a group of young men and women and one of them also asked the how I became Vice President.
“I was never a politician or anything like that.
“So I tried to explain it is quite simple that someone somewhere has to recommend you.
“Somebody somewhere has to give you a helping hand, whether to be a Vice President or to be an aircraft pilot.
“Somebody somewhere has to give you an opportunity.
“I think that all of you that are here today are the beneficiaries of the opportunities that you have somehow received.
“And this is why this event is so important.
“I think that it is one way we have to remind ourselves that we are bound as individuals to give opportunities to everyone.”
Recall that Osinbajo’s nomination became a sore controversy after Professor John Paden (Buhari’s biographer), said President Buhari chose his running mate.
This position is contrary to Tinubu’s claim that he nominated Yemi Osinbajo.
The author claimed that Buhari chose Osinbajo above others despite enormous pressure from Tinubu to do otherwise.
Tinubu’s loyalists have since faulted the account of the author, saying he (Tinubu) nominated the Vice-President.
They’re also angry at Osinbajo who they see as selling out on Tinubu for not openly saying Tinubu nominated him.