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Ex-president endorses Peter Obi as Atiku, Tinubu camps protest


On Sunday, former president Olusegun Obasanjo backed Peter Obi, the front-runner for the Labour Party, saying he had an advantage over the other contenders in terms of education, discipline, vigor, and character.

Therefore, the wise man urged Nigerians to support the LP candidate in the presidential election on February 25.

The All Progressives Congress, the Peoples Democratic Party, the Social Democratic Party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, and the African Action Alliance, however, reacted angrily to his endorsement, branding it useless.

Bola Tinubu of the APC, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, Obi of the LP, and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party are the front-runners in the campaign to succeed President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

The last seven years of the Buhari administration were terrible and a living nightmare for the majority of Nigerians, according to Obasanjo, who signed a New Year’s message for 2023 that was made accessible to journalists by his assistant Kehinde Akinyemi.

“The last seven and a half years have no doubt been busy and stressful years for many Nigerians,” the letter said in part. From the frying pan to the fire, and from the mountaintop to the valley, we have come. Although our leaders gave it their all, their efforts fell short of what was best for Nigeria and Nigerians both at home and abroad. It was a living horror for the majority of Nigerians.

“We who are still living should praise God for His mercies and prepare ourselves for the remaining few months of this administration and pray and work very hard for an immediate better future a future of liberation, restoration and great hope and expectation.’’

Obasanjo criticized the appropriateness of the candidates for president and accused them of lying, saying that some of them had trumpeted unrealistic promises in an effort to win the election.

The former president lamented the bad state of the country and emphasized that the presidential contenders were unaware that Nigeria had fallen much below where it had been when he took office in 1999.

He acknowledged that Nigeria was in dire straits and teetering on the brink of dissolution and breakup when he assumed office, but he added that the country was not then confronted with the level of pervasive and mind-numbing insecurity, rudderless leadership, mismanagement of diversity, pervasive corruption, and poor economic policies that are present today.

“Campaigners have been traveling across the nation and feeding us information on what they mean and what they don’t mean, what they understand and what they don’t fully understand, what is possible and what is not possible, what is realistic and what is unrealistic, and what is true and what is false. I think we don’t need to be misinformed or credulous. He urged the electorate to exercise caution so as not to fall for the same tricks again.

A suitable presidential candidate, according to the wise man, must have “a track record of ability and performance; a vision that is authentic, honest, and realistic; character and attributes of a lady and a gentleman who are children of God and obedient to God.” He then went on to endorse the former governor of Anambra State.

Obasanjo declared his support for Obi and urged Nigerian youth to vote for him, implying that Obi has the qualities and attitudes required to properly manage Nigerian issues at this time.



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