Buhari settles for Osinbajo

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After days of indecision by Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) on his choice of his running mate, and speculations by the public, Yemi Osibanjo has finally been chosen. The news released Wednesday, December 17, named the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) pastor as the man.

Osinbajo is the Resident Pastor at Olive Tree House of Prayer for All Nations, Banana Island, which is a parish of the RCCG. He lives in Lagos with his wife, Dolapo Osinbajo, a grandchild of Obafemi Awolowo. They have three children.

A law professor, Osinbajo who is 55, is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and Senior Partner in the Law firm of Simmons Cooper Partners. He is also a former Attorney General of Lagos State. He was appointed as Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice for Lagos State in 1999, and reappointed for a second term in 2003. 

During the period of his public service, he commenced the Lagos State Justice Reform Project. A prominent feature of that project was the establishment of the Directorate for Citizens’ Rights (DCR) which provides free legal services and legal representation to indigent citizens of the state. This initiative gave a voice to many who otherwise would not have been able to have access to legal rights.

Prior to that appointment, Osinbajo was the Head of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos.

Between 1988 and 1992, he was the Special Adviser to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He also served as a staff member of the United Nations and Member of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Committee of Experts on Conduct and Discipline of UN Peacekeeping personnel around the globe.

He is currently an Ethics Advisor to the Ethics Committee of the African Development Bank and is a non-executive Director of Citibank. Professor Osinbajo is Co-founder & Board Member Convention on Business Integrity and the Justice Research Institute Ltd. He has also authored several law books.

His tertiary education was done at University of Lagos and the London School of Economics where he obtained LLB and LLM degrees respectively.

On his reaction to the choice of Osinbajo, Tam David -west, former minister of petroleum told Factnewsonline that he trusted that Buhari would do the right thing.

His appointment now permanently put paid to speculation of who would partner Buhari in flying the APC flag in the coming February presidential election of 2015. 


Posted on December, 18 2014

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