Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress, APC’s presidential candidate, retaliated against former president Olusegun Obasanjo for endorsing Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, in the run-up to the February 25 election.
At the APC presidential rally on Thursday hosted at the University of Benin Sports Complex in Benin City, the capital of the Edo state, Tinubu alleged that Obasanjo is “jealous” of his accomplishments.
He asserted that the previous President’s support for Obi won’t be effective or have any bearing on the election’s result.
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The blind cannot guide the blind, in Tinubu’s opinion.
Tinubu recalled that during his tenure as governor of Lagos from 1999 to 2007, while Obasanjo was president, he reportedly withheld local government funding that belonged to the nation’s economic hub, “punishing” him and millions of Lagos citizens.
According to Tinubu, the Federal Government’s allotment to Lagos was stolen by both Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar, his former vice president and current presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He said, “Can that man recommend a leader for you in Nigeria? Is that not sending an agent to pick your pocket?” Tinubu asked thousands of APC supporters at the rally.
“A blind leading the blind. I am sorry I am not insulting visually impaired people. But it won’t work, they will end up in the ditch. If I talk about Obasanjo and Obi…one who doesn’t know the way cannot show the way,” he added.
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The previous military ruler of Nigeria between February 1976 and October 1979 who endorsed Obi has subsequently angered candidates for the APC and PDP, among others.
Recall that Edwin Clark, the president of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, also endorsed Obi as his top choice.
Ayo Adebanjo, the head of the pan-Yoruba sociopolitical organization Afenifere, had earlier endorsed Obi.
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