OBJ insists Peter Obi is better than other candidates


Only a “unpatriotic and bad Nigerian,” according to former president Olusegun Obasanjo, would support a candidate with a terrible reputation.

In an interactive session of the Experiential Leadership in Africa with the theme “Executive Decisions, Indecisions, and Leadership Development in Africa,” Obasanjo addressed on Thursday in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.

The former president asserted that Peter Obi was his favorite candidate for the position of president while defending his selection of the Labour Party’s nominee.

According to Ayekooto, the former president endorsed Obi in his New Year’s address to Nigerians, “My appeal to all Nigerians, particularly young Nigerians.”

In response to a claim that he had endorsed Obi, Obasanjo emphasized that he had just expressed his view on the candidates and had not used the word “endorse.”

Obasanjo declared, “Whether the letter is open or not, what I believe is that if I know what is right and do not place it where it should be, I will be punished by God.

“I said that one contender in particular had an advantage. All things considered, I consider this man’s character, record, vision, and your perception of him as a child of God.

“I said they all claimed to be my mentees, and of course, I won’t dispute that. However, if you are my mentee, they must also acknowledge that I know them somewhat, and if I do, then I must be correct in what I say…

“I’ve already done this. You have seen what I meant when I claimed that President Buhari does not understand the economy. I wasn’t putting him down; he will readily confess that’s who he is.

“I said his (Buhari’s) understanding of foreign affairs is also quite poor since, while he was head of the military government, he claimed that his frontline did not extend outside of Nigeria’s boundaries; that is unfortunate.

“But what do you have, then? Why should you, as a Nigerian, vote for someone whose character, reputation, and way of life you would not want for your children? is the only sentence I included in a letter that was almost six and a half pages long.

What do you want God to do with you if this is who you are? You are either wicked, unpatriotic, or a truly awful citizen of this country, he continued.

“For the past three days, I have spoken with around 35 young people, and they have all expressed worry about corruption, education, and security. The question is, who can do it?”

In response to the question of whether multiparty systems have hampered progress in Nigeria, Obasanjo blamed leadership rather than the multiparty system for the nation’s underdevelopment.



Vincent Paul

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