Endorsement Of Atiku: Obasanjo Is On 'U-turn And Somersault' Mode - Presidency
In the morning of Thursday, October 11, not very many Nigerians were aware a former President, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo, will endorse his vice and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, as the presidential candidate of his choice.
That endorsement has drawn mixed reactions and the Presidency could not turn a blind eye on the mater.
In its reaction to the endorsement of one of the oppositions' candidate, the presidency described the move as a predictable U-turn and somersault attribute of the former leader, saying it was not a surprise.
It further said it was a well-rehearsed theatre.
Dr. Obasanjo had at a meeting with Mr Abubakar said the PDP candidate had his support, but the presidency believes "they will lose together".
"Listening to the prepared statement of the former President after the meeting showed the usual ego trip and “I know it all”character of Chief Obasanjo.
"In the first place, we dare to say that a pompous statement from the former President advising Nigerians on a vote against President Buhari is the best recommendation that can come at this time.
"It also betrayed a lack of understanding of today’s politics which is about good governance.
"The country voted for change in 2015 and a leader that ensures good governance which only President Buhari and the APC can provide.
"Bent on these laudable goals, we will not allow ourselves to be distracted," a statement by the spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Gabar Shehu read.
It was another opportunity for the Presidency to put forward achievements of Buhari's administration they wanted Nigerians to know about, insisting that the endorsement will not be a distraction to the President.
He said: "We are busy on various national issues including the restructuring and the diversification of the economy, fighting corruption, terrorism and other threats to national security; increasing the availability of electric power, improving education, health, and providing long-delayed infrastructure – roads, rail, airports and so forth.
"Many governments have come and gone, but they did not care about some of these projects.
"We were talking about these things for sixteen years under the PDP and nothing was done.
"President Buhari is proud of his record because his achievements are verifiable, while that of the PDP is manifested by the devastating social and economic impact of large scale corruption during their governance.
"The President will not relent in the war against corruption because the ordinary people are the ultimate victims if we surrender to corruption and let its perpetrators go unpunished.
"Abandoning the war against corruption is not an option.
"President Buhari is in this battle against graft because he cannot allow a few, rapacious, and selfish class of the elite to divert the resources meant for the well-being of the ordinary people to their private pockets.
"Nigerians trust President Buhari in this effort because they are convinced he is not in government for personal financial benefits, or for an ego trip".
The presidency also reminded Dr. Obasanjo of the incident between himself and his vice.
"It is just eleven years ago that the former President and Vice President in their ugly fight for power accused each other of corruption.
"Nigerians are yet to forget all that," it added.
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