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2023: Obasanjo Endorses Obi

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has endorsed the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

Obasanjo’s support came in his New Year message in which he said Obi has an edge over other presidential candidates in terms of knowledge, discipline, vitality, and character.

He also noted that Obi is a teachable person.

The former president described the seven years of President Buhari’s government as hell on earth for most Nigerians.

“The last seven and a half years have no doubt been eventful and stressful years for many Nigerians,” he wrote.

We have moved from frying pan to fire and from the mountain top to the valley.

Our leaders have done their best, but their best had turned out to be not the best for Nigeria and Nigerians at home and abroad. For most Nigerians, it was hell on earth,” he added.

Obasanjo flayed some of the presidential candidates for making unrealistic promises.

According to him, they are “going up and down the country feeding us with what they mean and what they do not mean, what they understand and what they do not fully understand, what is possible and what is not possible, what is realistic and what is unrealistic, what is true and what is untrue.

I believe that we need not be confused or be gullible. Let us be cautious, not to be fooled again,’’ he said.

“None of the contestants is a saint but when one compares their character, antecedents, their understanding, knowledge, discipline, and vitality that they can bring to bear and the great efforts required to stay focused on the job, particularly looking at where the country is today and with the experience on the job that I personally had, Peter Obi as a mentee has an edge,” Obasanjo continued.

“Others like all of us have what they can collectively contribute to the new dispensation to liberation, restoration, and salvaging of Nigeria.

One other important point to make about Peter is that he is a needle with thread attached to it from North and South and he may not get lost.

“In other words, he has people who can pull his ears, if and when necessary. He has a young and able running mate with a clean track record of achievement both in public and private life.”

Most of the other presidential candidates have described Obasanjo’s endorsement as insignificant.


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