Obasanjo to Nigerians: Don’t Vote for Atiku, Saraki, Others
By Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged Nigerians not to vote for presidential candidates who are “lying” about who purchased their forms.
Recall, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Senate President Bukola Saraki, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, and former governor Peter Obi are among the PDP presidential candidates who claim nomination forms were purchased for them.
Obasanjo said this while speaking in Lagos at a colloquium titled “The African Christian Leadership: Radical Transformation in Unsettled Times” to commemorate Pastor Itua Ighodalo’s 61st birthday, noting that Nigeria’s problem is entirely about leadership.
He said the constitution, which many have attributed Nigeria’s challenges to, was crafted by the military that gathered the best brains in the land at that time to draft it.
“Today, they are paying N40m. Some of them (aspirants) even said it is some youths who bought it for them. In fact anybody who would come out to tell you such a lie, you shouldn’t vote for him. Which youths gathered N40m? If you want to buy it, buy it and tell us. You don’t need to lie to us.”
The former President said the problems confronting Nigeria at the moment can only be surmounted by good leadership, noting that Nigeria needed a change of leadership.
“If you say, ‘what is wrong with Nigeria’, leadership. If you say, ‘what do you have to do about Nigeria’, leadership. If you say, ‘where are we taking Nigeria? Leadership.’
He insisted that Nigeria can gather the best constitutions in the world, if those who would implement were not people with the right attitude and orientation, nothing can be achieved.