👤 By Adenike Lucas
Olusegun Obasanjo, a former President of Nigeria and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP who gave crucial support to President Muhammadu Buhari in the last election has officially endorsed Abubakar Atiku as the next C-in-C of Nigeria.
Chief Obasanjo, who also served as a military head of state to Africa’s most populous country, endorsed Mr Atiku for the top most job in the country at a meeting in Abeokuta.
He said: “Let me start by congratulating President-to-be, Atiku Abubakar, for his success at the recent PDP Primary and I took note of his gracious remarks in his acceptance speech that it all started here.”
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In 2015, Chief Obasanjo, tore his PDP membership card and endorsed the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
President Buhari, 75, went on to win that election. it was the first time a sitting President was defeated at the polls in Nigeria.
But, the elder statesmen has since spoken against President Buhari who he said failed to deliver on his promise to kill corruption or defeat terrorism / insurgency.
President Buhari has also allowed the economy to fail. This year, Nigeria which was the fastest growing economy during the past administration, over took India to become the capital of poverty.
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Chief Obasanajo, believes Mr Atiku, a renowned business man will do much better than the incumbent President.
“From what I personally know of you, you have capacity to perform better than the incumbent. You surely understand the economy better; you have business experience, which can make your administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide jobs.”
Mr Atiku, who was described as the most cosmopolitan of all the candidate, was advised to work together with “all those who contested for the party flag.”
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According to Chief Obasanjo, the president-to-be has areas, “nationally and internationally, where you have to mend fences and make amends. You will know how to handle what is already out and what may yet be put out by the opposition.
“But, I am convinced that if you continue with the attitude that brought you here with these distinguished leaders of goodwill, with remorse and contrite heart, the rest of the coast within and outside the country can be cleared. And if there is anything I can do and you want me to do in that respect, I will do.
“I am sure with the right attitude for change where necessary, and by putting lessons learned by you to work, you will get the understanding, cooperation, support and mandate – all at the national level.
“With Nigerians voting for you, it will mean that you secure their forgiveness and regain their confidence. It will be with the hope or assurance of a Paul on the road to Damascus Conversion. After all, change and conversion are of man. I believe that with a contrite heart, change is possible in everybody’s life and situation.”