The father of Vice President Osinbajo’s wife, Elder Olutayo Soyode, speaking in an exclusive interview with the Punch stated that he isn’t a big fan of visiting with his daughter.
According to the close associate of the Late Obafemi Awolowo, going
to the villa to visit his daughter was like going to jail, given the
way his movement would be monitored and he would need to sign various
forms before he could go out, for security reasons.
During his interview with the Punch, when he was asked what visiting with his daughter is like to which he said;
“I don’t go there often. Going there
is like going to jail, as far as I’m concerned. It’s like locking me
up. The way you see me, do I look like someone that can be kept in one
place and before I could go out, I have to sign papers and there would
be plenty phone calls? I would just run mad because I’m not used to
“I’m a free man. That place (Aso
Rock), is a very good place but I’m not the type to live there, so I
don’t go there often. Anytime I go, I do give them time, like telling
them I was coming for two days. I don’t even live with them. Let us say
we are in Abuja now, you possibly can’t visit me for this interview.
They won’t allow you to come in, and if you have to, you would have to
sign different papers.
“If I go there, I would be there
alone, watching television. I can’t do that. I would rather stay where
they can visit me and anybody can see me.”
Soyode, then explained that it was the will of God that Prof. Yemi Osinbajo rose
from being a university lecturer to become the Vice-President, and that
all her daughter wanted to be was a confectioner despite being a
He recalled that by the time his late wife, (Dolapo’s mother) was
delivered of Dolapo in the United Kingdom where they met, he was
believing God to have a male child, as it was customary in his family to
have a male as their first child. However, he said if she had been a
male, he might not be as close to her as they are today.