Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigerian respected elder state man and former president of the country has denied media reports that he has decided not to support any candidate for next year’s presidential election in Nigeria.
The clarification was made yesterday by Kehinde Akinyemi his media aide.
‘While Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is in Cairo to attend the maiden edition of the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF), of which he is Chairman of the Advisory Council, his attention has been drawn to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) with the headline “Atiku: Obasanjo Shifts Political Gear to Neutral.”
“It is disingenuous, if not malicious, for anyone to suggest that Chief Obasanjo was being neutral when he chose not to use the Owu Convention as a platform for political campaign but instead adopt a communal and familial approach in talking to members of his Owu family,” Mr Akinyemi said.
“For the records, and as accurately reported by some media organisations, what the former president said at the convention in Iwo was that while he would not impress any candidates on them, Nigerians should vote for credible candidates who will drive growth and development and make their lives better than it is now.”
Akinyemi said that Obasanjo’s statement did not connote that he is neutral, “only a fool will sit on the fence or be neutral when his or her country is being destroyed with incompetence, corruption, lack of focus, insecurity, nepotism, brazen impunity and denial of the obvious.”
“Chief Obasanjo is no such fool nor is he so unwise,” the aide said.
He encouraged Nigerians not to complain but to ensure they choose rightly “they must know that such change will not come if they remain inactive just complaining and complacent and they allow themselves to be deceived by sycophants and enemies of Nigeria.”
“If they do not become active and get much needed change of the current administration to a government that will improve the economy, regain the confidence of investors and generally drive growth, development and economic progress with security, what is coming will be much worse than what Nigerians currently suffer.”
Chief Obasanjo insisted that he would continue to speak against bad government.
Obasanjo who supported the incumbent, Mohammadu Buhari in 2015 has now accused him of nepotism, poor performance, and sectionalism and also declared his support for Mr Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party.
Mr Buhari also accused Mr Obasanjo of being corrupt while in office.