The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General (Retired) Muhammadu Buhari, has picked Professor Yemi Osinbajo as his running mate in Nigeria‘s 2015 presidential election scheduled for February 14, 2015.
Professor Yemi Osinbajo, 55, is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and Senior Partner in the Law firm of SimmonsCooper Partners.
Prof. Osinbajo obtained his tertiary education at the University of Lagos and the London School of Economics where he obtained LLB and LLM degrees, respectively.
Osinbajo 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 legal rights.
Prior to Osinbajo’s appointment as Lagos State Attorney General, he was a Professor of Law and the Head of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos.
Between 1988 and 1992, Osinbajo was the Special Adviser to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Osinbajo 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.
Prof. Osinbajo 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 a Co-Founder and Board Member of the Convention on Business Integrity and the Justice Research Institute. He has also authored several law books.
In 2007, Prof. Osinbajo and his wife, Oludolapo Osinbajo, founded “The Orderly Society Trust”, a non- governmental organization dedicated to the promotion of Christian ethics and orderliness.
Osinbajo is a resident pastor at a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Olive Tree House of Prayer for All Nations, in Banana Island, Lagos.
Prof. Osinbajo’s wife, Oludolapo Osinbajo, is a grandchild of Obafemi Awolowo.