By Lawrence Olaoye
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has mocked the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded governorship election of Osun state, Senator Ademola Adeleke and his counterpart, Dino Malaye for being humorous.
Osinbajo, who spoke at the Independence Gala night held at the Conference Centre at the Presidential Villa on Monday night, said he agreed with the poll reportedly conducted by the British Independent newspapers which declared Nigerians as the happiest and most optimistic people in the world.
The Vice President said Adeleke provided humor by dancing while Dino made people to laugh by claiming to escape assassination by hiding on a tree for 11 hours.
Osinbajo said “A few months ago, an important Nigerian politician who was on his way to a trial in a court said he was abducted. And after he escaped from his abductors, he remained hiding on a tree for 11 hours. The most interesting part of that story is that many people online in particular, on the Internet, started to tell stories of different birds and how long those birds could remain perched on a tree. All these were the Nigerian contributions to that story.
Yet another very important politician insists, and still insists that the most important attribute for leadership is dancing, and boy could he dance! And for those who think that that is ridiculous at least 200,000 people voted for him in a particular election.”
Talking on how optimistic Nigerians can be, Osinbajo told the story of his personal driver: “When I served as Adviser to the Attorney General of the Federation between 1987 and 1992, I had a driver who was always broke. But he was always so optimistic. He had 14 children, while I, his boss, had only one child at the time. And I asked him, “Why do you just keep having so many children?” Of course he had more than one wife. He said to me in Yoruba “I don’t know which of them can become President of Nigeria. So, the more I have, the better my chances.” How optimistic can you be? Only a Nigerian can be that optimistic.”