Obasanjo Mocks Buhari, Says He Never Spent 104 Consecutive Days Outside Nigeria
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has again attacked President Muhammadu Buhari saying he never spent 104 consecutive days on medical vacation outside the country like Buhari did.
Obasanjo, who spoke in Lagos on Wednesday during the Island Club Quarterly Business Lecture, was reacting to allegations that he rendered his vice, Atiku Abubakar useless during his tenure as President.
He stated that contrary to popular belief, Abubakar presided over several Federal Executive Council (FEC) meetings under his administration.
According to Obasanjo, one of the most ridiculous claims he has heard is that he did not trust Atiku, who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to preside over the FEC.
“That is not true because he had occasion to preside a few times that I was out of the country on duty. On those occasions, he was in charge of the FEC meetings and no Nigerian Chief Executive has devolved to his deputy as much as I did to Atiku.
“I did not need to designate him ‘acting President’ because the Constitution is clear; once the President is not available, the Vice President automatically acts with full powers, and he consults when and if he considers it necessary.
“But since I was not absent from home for 104 days at a time, people may not know that Atiku actually stood in for me whenever I was out (of the country).
“You have a man who has what it takes in experience, exposure, lessons that he has learnt and he has learnt his lessons. I tried to teach him a few of them. You have a man who has what it takes at this time for us to have a change and we need a change for the better,” Obasanjo said.
In attendance were Senate President, Bukola Saraki, PDP National Chairman, Uche Seondus, a former deputy national chairman, Bode George, Lagos PDP governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje, former Cross River state governor, Liyel Imoke among others.
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