- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says tensions are normal in politics
- Osinbajo expresses optimism that the crises in the APC will be resolved soon
- The vice president further speaks on the inauguration of President Maada Bio of Sierra Leone
Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has described ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as a strong party that is committed to offering hope to the electorate expressing hope that the tension in the party would be resolved soon.
A statement by Laolu Akande, his spokesperson, said Osinbajo stated this while fielding questions from newsmen after the inauguration of President Maada Bio of Sierra Leone on Saturday, May 12.
“In politics, as you know, there will always be tension, but the party is strong and the leadership and membership of the party are committed to ensuring it remains strong and continues to offer hope to the people.
“I think a lot of the issues will be resolved as we go along.
“This is the normal order of things; there will be disagreements, there will be those who may feel that they need certain preferences or certain things which may not have been done earlier on.
“I don’t think there is any major problem,” the statement quoted Osinbajo as saying.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on the significance of the inauguration of Sierra Leone’s president, the vice president said it was a great celebration of democracy as the transition was peaceful from one civilian president to another.
“Bio was the one who handed power to a democratic government as a military leader.
“He also proved over time to be someone who thought over the problems of the country.
“And listening to him and having met with him for close to an hour, I think there is great opportunity and hope for the people of Sierra Leone and I think he is going to do a great job,” he said reaffirming hope that the new president would collaborate with other African leaders to ensure growth and peace on the continent.
“One thing is for certain, Sierra Leone and Nigeria have a long history. Most recently, if you recall, Nigerian troops gave their lives here in Sierra Leone defending the territorial integrity of Sierra Leone, the people and the country.
“President Bio repeated this in my conversation with him, and said how grateful he was.
“We have maintained very good relationship; I believe that relationship will continue,” he said while adding that many private sector investors were interested in coming to Sierra Leone, stressing that the Nigerian government had good economic relationship with Sierra Leone.
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“I think the future is bright for both countries, and the future cooperation is particularly good.
“He (President Buhari) has asked me to convey his very best wishes to the new President and government and also to pledge our continued cooperation and collaboration with the government and people of Sierra Leone,” he said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) local government congress in Agege, Lagos state, reportedly turned bloody after a man was allegedly shot dead during a fracas that ensued after voting had ended on Saturday, May 12.
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