Obasanjo’s endorsement does not reflect the wishes of the majority of Nigerians — Atiku Abubakar

The campaign organisation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, as his wish.

Obasanjo endorsed Obi for the February 2023 presidential election in a letter published on Sunday morning.

In response, the spokesperson for the Atiku Presidential Campaign, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated on Sunday that Obasanjo’s endorsement does not reflect the wishes of the majority of Nigerians.

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The statement partly reads: “In any case, Chief Obasanjo’s opinion cannot sway Nigerians who can easily remember how he endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari, whose administration, he (Obasanjo) now describes as “stressful years for many Nigerians,” during which our nation “moved from frying pan to fire and from mountain top to the valley.”

“It is, therefore, extremely difficult for Nigerians, particularly the youth demographic, to accept Chief Obasanjo’s opinion as the solution to the myriad of challenges facing the nation today because the last candidate he introduced, by his estimation, failed Nigerians.

“Our campaign holds that none of the Presidential candidates has the experience, capacity, tenacity of purpose, presence of mind, and readiness to serve like Atiku Abubakar.

“Atiku remains the most widely accepted candidate, whose choice is not predicated by sectional, tribal, ethnic or religious sentiments or the endorsement of any individual, high or low, but by the record of ability and performance, authentic vision, honesty, and character; physical and mental capacity; the very indices set by the former President.

“It is instructive to state that every claim by former President Obasanjo on the success of his administration is a reflection of the performance of Atiku Abubakar as his Vice President and Chairman of the National Economic Council during which our nation achieved unprecedented economic growth to become one of the fastest growing economies in the world.”

 

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