Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has ruled out the possibility of his support for the presidential ambition of his former deputy, Atiku Abubakar.

Obasanjo said that the former Vice President should not count on his support in next year’s election, or at any other time.

Atiku recently formally declared his interest to seek the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)   for the election.

“How can I be on the same side with Atiku? To do what?,” Obasanjo asked rhetorically in response to a question during an interview with newsmen in Abeokuta on Saturday.

He added: “If I support Atiku for anything, God will not forgive me. If I do not know, yes, but once I know, Atiku can never enjoy my support.”

Obasanjo dismissed suggestions that he had personal grudges against Atiku, saying: “If you do not do well for Nigeria, you do not do well for all of us.

“It is not a question of working with or not working with an individual.

“If you are working for the good of Nigeria, I am working with you. If you are not working for the good of Nigeria it does not matter who you are I am not working with you.”

Obasanjo fell out with Atiku midway into their tenure as president  and vice president between 1999 and 2003 but managed to patch up their differences to contest the 2003 election together.

But once they emerged winners in that election, their hostilities resumed full blast and have not  been able to mend fences ever since despite pretensions from  both sides.

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The former president recently formed what he called Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) to, in his words, rescue Nigeria from its present mess.

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The group  has since adopted a political party, African Democratic Congress, for the purpose of  realizing  its dream of a new Nigeria and take  over from President Muhammadu Buhari, and  has gone into an alliance with the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and others to present a common candidate against Buhari next year.

Asked if he would support Atiku in the event he emerged as the coalition’s candidate, Obasanjo retorted: “I know Atiku very well. And I have mentioned my position with Atiku. My position has not changed. “If my children are getting married, he has sent representatives. If his children are getting married, I have sent representatives. That is social. That is not political.

“On political ground, my position has not changed. If I support Atiku for a political office other than the one I supported him in the past when I did not know him, maybe, but not now that I know him, God will not forgive me.”

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