Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said that he remained a loyalist to his political party for 7 years even without any appointment.
Osinbajo who left office as the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice of Lagos State in 2003, stated this during a meeting at the Presidential Villa with young aspirants under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Vice President was the Lagos State Attorney-General and Justice Commissioner under the Alliance for Democracy-led governemnt of Bola Tinubu.
Tinubu who is currently the National Leader of the ruling APC was the man behind the emergence of Osinbajo as Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in the 2015 general election.
“I believe that, in party politics, we must go beyond positions, whether elective or appointed, but we must be committed to something, the principles and beliefs of those who are the forebears of that party,” Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to Osinbajo on Media and Publicity, quoted the VP.
“I strongly believe that the future of our party depends on people who are committed to seeing that we build a party that is based on ideals that you and I think are important. As a young person, I belonged to several pressure groups. I graduated at the age of 21. And when I graduated, I began to participate in various pressure groups, human rights organisations, and anti-corruption, civil society groups of every kind. When political parties started forming, we could not aspire, but we remained involved. My first involvement in government was when I was appointed as Attorney General in Lagos State.
“For seven years — after serving as Lagos Attorney-General — I was part of the party, I did not have a board appointment or anything, but I kept working for the party. I kept working for the party as a lawyer. Most of those cases we were not paid a dime. But we went from place to place. Sometimes, we didn’t even have a place to stay when we went to court the next morning. So, there is a measure of paying the price, it depends on how serious or committed we are to some of the things we say we are committed to.”