By AKEEB ALARAPE
A group of lawyers, under the aegis of Lawyers for Change (Lawyers4Change), has declared its intention to campaign for the candidacy of Mohammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the presidential and vice presidential candidates of the All Progressive Congress (APC).At the inauguration of the group yesterday in Lagos, its National Coordinator, Adesina Ogunlana, said they took the decision because of their conviction that the ticket represents the best option for the salvation of the country from alleged ‘misrule of incompetent and selfish leaders.’
Ogunlana, who is a former first vice chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch, said the time had come for the country to put forward its best foot.“Our nation’s problems are gigantic. Let’s put round pegs in round holes. Let’s put our best foot forward. Don’t let us bury our talents and consign our gifted ones to the background.
“Our group is highly interested in and committed to the betterment of the country, which we believe is bedevilled with many self-inflicted injuries as a result of which its prosperity, development and stability are badly compromised.“That is why we identify and support credible participants in the political process, irrespective of ethnic, religious or party affiliation, who can lift our country out of its myriad of socio-economic and political problems and move it forward.”
Ogunlana said when Osinbajo emerged as the running mate to Buhari, they knew they had a big task before them.“That is why we have come together in Lawyers4Change to let the people know that Yemi Osinbajo is not just any other presidential candidate. We want Nigerians to know that the distinguished Professor of Law and learned Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) whom the APC has paired with Buhari for 2015 presidential elections is an exceptionally gifted, surpassingly decent and a very progressive-minded individual.”