Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is allegedly running for a third term through the Labour Party’s Peter Obi, according to a spokeswoman for Atiku Abubakar’s presidential campaign, Daniel Bwala.
Obasanjo officially supported Obi for the election on February 25, noting that the former governor of Anambra State has an advantage over the opposition.
The 2023 election, according to Bwala, who disregarded the news on Monday, is a vote for the people, not for famous persons.
According to Bwala, “there is nothing about his (Obasanjo’s) administration of 1999-2007 that gives him the celestial powers to dictate our future or the outcome of an election yet to be conducted”.
He said: “In Nigeria today, we have at least 5 former presidents of Nigeria who are alive and minding their businesses whilst playing the role of fathers of the nation, peace-builders etc, non is so domineering, controlling and meddling with the affairs of the nation like Obasanjo.
“For the records, Obasanjo also referred to as OBJ has served two terms as a democratically elected president from 1999-2007.
“The traditional posture and role of former presidents has been that of statesmanship, one who guides, promotes and nurture democratic growth and nation building through strengthening of institutions, educating and enlightening citizens, promoting citizens participation in government, but OBJ is the one man who believes his role also includes choosing and imposing presidents per time, as if we run a monarchical system of government.
“He believes he is the only former leader who knows what is right for NIgeria, who has the celestial powers to predict the future of NIgeria and the leadership. He believes it is only his administration that has done well and hence the authority to choose next leader or president.
“His way of choosing the next president is either to blackmail the incumbent or denigrate candidates in favour of his choices. He does that often times vide a letter he would release as though its an epistle to the Nigeria about the almighty direction of the country.
“He seem to think we are under under military rule. In his 2014 or 2015 letter he accused GEJ of training snippers to kill citizens, even though it was proved to be a false allegation, in his 2018 or 2019 letter, he accused Buhari of trying to divide nigeria and cause secession, and today he is writing another letter to accuse two other candidates whom he has vowed would never ascend to the nations loftiest seat, even though he made a u-turn and supported Atiku in 2019 because of hatred for BUhari whom he played a role in bringing him to power. So its all about him. To him his wishes and will equals the wishes and will of the nation.
One can’t help but infer from Obasanjo’s letter, according to the PDP PCC spokesperson, that he has a strong sense of self-confidence.
Bwala added that the former president used the pronouns I, My, and I throughout the whole letter, even when he made allusions to specific candidates, as though he were the source of their importance and notoriety.
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