– The endorsement of Atiku Abubakar by ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo has generated mixed reactions
– Some Nigerians are asking why the former president changed his mind by supporting the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party
– Obasanjo had earlier vowed never to support Atiku’s presidential ambition, but made a U-turn on Thursday, October 11
Mixed reactions have trailed ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Nigerians from all walks of life have reacted to the development shortly after the endorsement of the former vice president.
Recall that PDP presidential candidate for the forthcoming general elections met with his former boss at his Abeokuta home on Thursday, October 11, where they had a closed-door session.
Shortly after the meeting at his residence in the Ogun state capital, Obasanjo pledged to support Atiku’s presidential ambition.
NAIJ.com gathers that the endorsement has generated reactions from with some condemning the endorsement, while others are commending Atiku’s candidature.
Adebayo Adebo is displeased that Obasanjo has continued to endorse candidates for presidential elections, adding that Nigeria does not belong to the former president.
Lanre Aofiyebi believes that the endorsement is of no benefit to Nigerians.
Abubakar Garba Hamza recalls that Obasanjo had vowed not to ever support Atiku’s presidential ambition because of the sins the former vice president allegedly committed against Nigeria. He questions the reason for the change of heart.
Okeyemi Tunde hopes Nigerians forgive the former vice president.
In his own reaction, Bayo Ade goes as far as providing excerpts from Obasanjo’s book titled My Watch. In the book, Obasanjo maligned his former vice, who he accused of corruption, disloyalty and lack of transparency.
Adebayo Abiodun Joseph says the former president is no longer relevant in the southwest, asking whether he will be forced to vote for the PDP.
However, Atiku Abubakar has those delighted about his candidature and want him to be Nigeria’s next president. The slogan “Atikulate” has been flying in the air since the emergence of Atiku as his party’s presidential candidate.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) arrived the Abeokuta home of former president Olusegun Obasanjo.
Obasanjo had vowed not to support Abubakar who was his vice president when he (Obasanjo) governed Nigeria between 1999 and 2007.
The former vice president arrived the home of Obasanjo at about 1.12pm and was accompanied on the visit by Uche Secondus, the PDP national chairman, and Gbenga Daniel, director general of the Atiku campaign organisation.
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