After days of horse trading and high wire politics, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has finally emerged as the running mate to General Muhammadu Buhari. Prof. Osinbajo is a close associate of Chief Bola Tinubu having served as the attorney general of Lagos when the latter presided over the affairs of Lagos state government.
Osinbajo shoved aside Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state, and Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora to emerge running mate to the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s presidential aspirant.
His emergence was made possible after the plan to field Tinubu failed because of the fear that presenting a Muslim-Muslim ticket would spell doom for the APC in the presidential election slated for February 14, 2015.
As a Plan B from Tinubu’s camp, Osinbajo was put forward. The professor is expected to garner votes both from the southwest and from Christians across the nation.
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, 55, is the assistant provincial pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Olive Court, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and senior partner in the law firm of Simmons Cooper Partners, his tertiary education was at the University of Lagos and the London School of Economics where he obtained the LLB and LLM degrees respectively.
He was appointed the Lagos state attorney general and commissioner for justice 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 would otherwise not have a way to access their rights.
Prior to that appointment, Osinbajo, a professor of law, 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.
Prof. Osinbajo is co-founder and board member, Convention on Business Integrity and the Justice Research Institute Ltd. He has also authored several law books.
In 2007, Osinbajo and his wife founded “The Orderly Society Trust”, a non- governmental organisation that is dedicated to the promotion of Christian ethics and orderliness.
He lives in Lagos with his wife, Oludolapo Osinbajo who is a grandchild of Obafemi Awolowo, and three children.