“We are inclined to dismiss this gathering and “endorsement” as a complete non-event, but we feel we have a responsibility to Nigerians to remind them of the character and antecedents of these individuals, lest they take Nigerians for granted and see all of us as fools,” it said. We do not intend to dwell on all the unprintable things touching on the lack of character, lack of integrity and corruptibility of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar that Chief Obasanjo has repeatedly and consistently told the whole world about up until few weeks ago. These are well-documented and circulated for Nigerians to remember.”
he Buhari Campaign Organisation has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as “complete non-event”.
On Thursday, Obasanjo endorsed Atiku, saying he had learnt his lessons, had reinvented himself, would not be President of just a section of the country, and that he understands the economy better than President Muhammadu Buhari. This is despite several years of demonizing Atiku, notably calling him disloyal and corrupt.
But, responding in a statement by Festus Keyamo, Director of Strategic Communications, the Buhari Campaign Organization said it was “bemused and amused that a character who intends to be President of Nigeria has, for the past eleven years, consistently begged for ‘forgiveness’ from a man who has consistently and unequivocally called him a very corrupt fellow”.
It said it did not intend to “dwell on all the unprintable things touching on the lack of character, lack of integrity and corruptibility of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar that Chief Obasanjo has repeatedly and consistently told the whole world about up until few weeks ago”, as these are “well-documented and circulated for Nigerians to remember”.
The organistaion acknowledged Obasanjo’s constitutional right to support anyone of his choice, but drew attention of “all God-fearing Nigerians to a character who would use the name of God in vain and in a flip-flop manner in just a matter of weeks”.
“Where is the shame? Where is the honour? Where is the pride?” it asked.