The Peoples Democratic Party has slammed former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his recent comment that ‘he made a mistake in selecting his Vice President in 1999’.
Obasanjo admitted over the weekend that he made a mistake in selecting his running mate for the 1999 presidential election.
He was elected President in 1999, alongside the current PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The former President, who did not mention Atiku in his statement, said it was an honest mistake that God saved him from.
However, the PDP is not taking Obasanjo’s comment lightly and has threatened to expose his character if he does not clarify his statement within 48 hours.
Speaking at a news conference in Kaduna on Monday, Senator Walid Jibril, Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, said that while the party has great respect for the former President, it would be disappointing if the statement attributed to him turned out to be true.
He also accused Obasanjo of being upset with Atiku Abubakar for cutting short his third-term agenda, despite the latter’s contribution to the Obasanjo administration.
“I would like to call on former President Obasanjo to come out openly and repeat what he has said,” Jibril said. “Whether he was misquoted or meant what was attributed to him.”
“Although he has not refuted what was reported, one can assume that what was reported to have been said by him is correct; however, if he does not openly come out and say which is correct in 48 hours, you will hear the bombardment, and I will have no choice but to break the egg and tell the entire world and Nigerians who Obasanjo is.”
“There is no doubt that Obasanjo is still angry with Atiku, even after assisting him in his success, but perhaps for cutting short his third term agenda. In any case, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku is our presidential candidate, and I am confident that he will be President in 2023, Insha Allah.”
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