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Obasanjo and Atku
In a statement released by the
President’s SSA on media, Garba Shehu
on Thursday, the Presidency dismissed
the endorsement given by former
President Olusegun Obasanjo to his
former VP, Atiku Abubakar, as a non-
event, saying it was least surprised by
Obasanjo’s somersault and U-turn,
adding that it was a well-rehearsed
Read the Presidency's statement in full
"The Presidency has received the news
of former President Olusegun
Obasanjo’s predictable U-turn and
somersault on the endorsement of the
PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, at a
meeting Thursday, and to say that we
are the least surprised by the well-
rehearsed theatre.
They will lose together. Listening to the
prepared statement of the former
President after the meeting showed the
usual ego trip and “I know it all”
character of Chief Obasanjo.
In the first place, we dare to say that a
pompous statement from the former
President advising Nigerians on a vote
against President Buhari is the best
recommendation that can come at this
It also betrayed a lack of understanding
of today’s politics which is about good
The country voted for change in 2015
and a leader that ensures good
governance which only President
Buhari and the APC can provide.
Bent on these laudable goals, we will
not allow ourselves to be distracted.
We are busy on various national issues
including the restructuring and the
diversification of the economy, fighting
corruption, terrorism and other threats
to national security; increasing the
availability of electric power, improving
education, health, and providing long-
delayed infrastructure – roads, rail,
airports and so forth.
Many governments have come and
gone, but they did not care about some
of these projects.
We were talking about these things for
sixteen years under the PDP and
nothing was done.
President Buhari is proud of his record
because his achievements are verifiable,
while that of the PDP is manifested by
the devastating social and economic
impact of large scale corruption during
their governance.
The President will not relent in the war
against corruption because the
ordinary people are the ultimate victims
if we surrender to corruption and let its
perpetrators go unpunished.
Abandoning the war against corruption
is not an option. President Buhari is in
this battle against graft because he
cannot allow a few, rapacious, and
selfish class of the elite to divert the
resources meant for the well-being of
the ordinary people to their private
Nigerians trust President Buhari in this
effort because they are convinced he is
not in government for personal
financial benefits, or for an ego trip. It
is just eleven years ago that the former
President and Vice President in their
ugly fight for power accused each
other of corruption. Nigerians are yet to
forget all that.
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
October 11, 2018."

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