By; PETER NOSAKHARE, Kaduna
Reactions have continued to trail the renewed relationship between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his vice, Atiku Abubakar following the former’s support for the latter’s ambition to run for presidency in next year’s election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Obasanjo had on Thursday thrown his weight behind Atiku”s ambition to run for presidency after winning the primaries when he received Bishop Matthew Kukah, the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop David Oyedepo and Sheikh Abubakar Gumi who visited him to broker a truce between the former president and his number two.
Obasanjo had in the past called his running mate corrupt and not fit to pilot the affairs of the country, adding that Atiku when he worked him soiled his hands in too many shandy deals when he was heading the National Council on Privatization, NCP.
Speaking with the New Nigerian Newspapers, Mr. Benjamin Okoro a businessman based in Kaduna said the new twist is a pointer that there was never a row between the two as thought by most Nigerians and that it also goes to show that politicians are not to be taken seriously.
“Obasanjo’s support for his former vice has revealed to Nigerians that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is on its way out. Though OBJ is not God, it’s a known fact that anyone he endorses for presidency normally wins. This government has become a nightmare, people are dying on a daily basis, hardship everywhere and insecurity has become the order of the day.”
On her part, Mrs. Folashade Olumide a school proprietress living in Kaduna thinks it has always been Obasanjo’ desire to endorse Atiku for presidency but was waiting for the appropriate time.
According to her, Obasanjo who had in the past said Atiku with him alive will not rule Nigeria wanted the latter to rule in 2015, but for the stubbornness of former President, Goodluck Jonathan opted for PMB.
“Atiku too was in a hurry for the office, that was why when Obasanjo wanted a third term, he was quick to work against the agenda by spending lots of money to lobby the National Assembly,” she explained.
As it would be recalled, Obasanjo who had worked with Atiku and criticised him said he had forgiven Atiku and was sure he will do better than the incumbent president when Atiku visited him in his country home in Abeokuta to seek his blessings and forgiveness for next year’s presidential election.