Presidency: Obasanjo is Confused
Olusegun Obasanjo, former president, has been described as a confused fellow over his support for Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The description is coming from the Presidency while reacting to the denial of the former president that he was neutral as the nation goes to elect its leaders in next year’s general election.
It also comes days after the federal government reacted to to the same subject matter. Obasanjo was told that his endorsement of the former vice president popularly known as Atiku was not winning election.
The former Nigerian leader had said he choosed not to be neutral because the country was being “destroyed with incompetence, corruption, lack of focus, insecurity, nepotism, brazen impunity.”
His submission did not go down well with the presidency who then described him as one who has outlived relevance in the society.
“Former president Obasanjo denounces one person today and supports that same person the next day,” Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity told State House Correspondents on Wednesday.
“When it pleases him, he brings God into the matter and uses that as his excuse for whatever position he has chosen.
“The presidential spokesman added that he was not surprised that newspapers reported Obasanjo expressing neutrality at a weekend forum, only for the former president to express a completely different stance after a day or two.
“We have learnt not to take his utterances seriously anymore.
“We know that the slightest wind can make him change his mind again. After all, this is the same man who publicly tore his party registration card barely four years ago, and he now claims to be backing the same party,” Shehu said.
Obasanjo had earlier this year said God will not forgive him should he pardon Atiku who served as vice president when he held sway as President.
The duo fell out politically at the wind down of their tenure.
The former vice president, POLITICS TIMES recalls, was said to have thwarted his principal’s bid to enforce an amendment to the constitution aimed at extending the two term tenure enshrined in the constitution.
A plea bargain which involved top chieftains of the PDP and religious leaders made Obasanjo backtracked from his earlier stance on Atiku.