By Gabriel Atumeyi
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has given his nod to the presidential ambition of his former deputy and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election, Atiku Abubakar.
The duo met at the presidential library in Ogun state in company of some clergy men and stalwarts of the PDP.
Obasanjo congratulated Atiku on his emergence as the flag bearer of the PDP and urged him not to relent in his quest to lead Nigeria in 2019.
” Let me start by congratulating the President-to-be, Atiku Abubakar, for his success at the recent PDP Primary and I took note of his gracious remarks in his acceptance speech that it all started here.
“In all honesty, my former Vice-President has re-discovered and re-positioned himself. I am convinced that if you continue with the attitude that brought you here with these distinguished leaders of goodwill, with remorse and contrite heart, the rest of the coast within and outside the country can be cleared.
He further revealed that he has forgiving him regardless of what transpired between them
” Whenever or wherever you might have offended me, as a Christian who asks for God’s forgiveness of my sins and inadequacies on daily basis, I forgive and I sincerely advise you to learn from the past and do what is right and it will be well with you.
” But, I am convinced that if you continue with the attitude that brought you here with these distinguished leaders of goodwill, with remorse and contrite heart, the rest of the coast within and outside the country can be cleared. And if there is anything I can do and you want me to do in that respect, I will do.
He further disclosed that of all the aspirants both within and between parties Atiku Abubakar was the most competent to lead the country in 2019.
” For me, relatively and of all the aspirants in the PDP, you have the widest and greatest exposure, experience, outreach and possibly the best machinery and preparation for seeing the tough and likely dirty campaign ahead through. From what I personally know of you, you have capacity to perform better than the incumbent. You surely understand the economy better; you have business experience, which can make your administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide jobs.
” You have better outreach nationally and internationally and that can translate to better management of foreign affairs. You are more accessible and less inflexible and more open to all parts of the country in many ways. As Pastor Bakare, one-time running mate of the incumbent President said, “You are a wazobia man.” And that should help you in confronting the confrontable and shunning nepotism,” he stressed.