Obasanjo Refuses To Speak On Buhari’s Re-Election
As congratulatory messages continued to pour in from within and outside the country over the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has kept mum over the development.
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, in the early hours of Wednesday declared Buhari winner of the Saturday’s presidential polls.
Prominent and well-meaning Nigerians as well as international leaders have since been commending and congratulating Buhari over his victory in the election.
Obasanjo, who had been quite vocal in the build-p to the election has, however, appears to have suddenly gone into hiding by keeping silent since the result was announced.
Telephone calls made to Obasanjo’s Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, by journalists from different media houses were not picked while text messages sent to him for reaction were neither acknowledged nor replied.
Obasanjo, had severally castigated Buhari, and openly campaigned against him few months to the election.
The former president also endorsed and adopted Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), whom he had once accused and condemned over corruption claims.
Obasanjo slumped into ‘quiet mode’ since February 23, after voting in Abeokuta and advising winners in the election to show magnanimity in victory, saying losers should also accept defeat.
“In any competition, there will always be winners and losers. That is what anybody in any competition must be prepared for as a good sportsman. Whoever that wins should show magnanimity. If I lose, I will also bow down graciously. That is what any competition is all about.
“If your purpose of going for any competition is that you must win at all costs, then that is no longer a competition. I know INEC will make amends for the shortcomings ahead of the next elections.”
Obasanjo failed to deliver his polling unit in Abeokuta to Atiku.
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