‘We Will Teach Obasanjo And PDP, A Political Lesson’ — Presidency (Full Statement)

Presidency Rejects Obasanjo's Claims, Says They Are His Opinion

 

The presidency has said that it will teach Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) a political lesson in the forthcoming presidential elections.  

This was contained in a statement on Sunday by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity).

Shehu’s statement was in reply to a broadcast made by Chief Obasanjo on Sunday, in which the former president said the Buhari-led government is reenacting what transpired when Nigeria was led by the late dictator, General Sani Abacha.

In his broadcast, Obasanjo blasted the present administration on various issues including ‘a failure to tackle Nigeria’s security problems adequately’ as well as “EFCC, Police and Code of Conduct Tribunal being misused to deal with those Buhari sees as enemies for criticising him or as those who may not do his bidding in manipulating election results.”.

However, the presidency in disagreeing with Obasanjo’s assertions said the past leader’s campaign against Buhari is premised on jealousy because “Buhari has more esteem” than him.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Deserves Better Than What Buhari Is Capable Of Offering – Obasanjo

The presidency’s full statement reads thus:

PRESIDENCY TO OBASANJO: GET WELL SOON

The sixteen-page letter the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari and released this afternoon is the last push by desperate politicians who can’t handle the President politically and have resorted to subterfuge.

Our first message to the former President is that he needs a good doctor for good treatment and to say to him, “Get well soon.”

As repeatedly said of him, since Chief Obasanjo left office in 1979, he never let every succeeding leader of the country function freely, and this included the one he personally handpicked against all known rules drawn up by the party that put him in the office of the President. But Chief Obasanjo is jealous because President Buhari has more esteem than him and the sooner he learns to respect him the better.

It is a notorious fact that in dealing with any leader that he failed to control, he resorted to these puerile attacks. As the grand patron, more correctly the grandfather of corruption as described by the National Assembly, Chief Obasanjo released today’s letter purely for the reason of rescuing his thriving corruption establishment.

The elections starting in February will be free and fair as promised the nation and the international community by President Buhari.

What Chief Obasanjo and his co-travelers in the PDP should expect is that from the outcome, we will teach them a political lesson that they will never forget. This margin will be much bigger than we had in 2015.

Claims that President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have embarked on the president’s “self- succession project, by recruiting collation officers who are already awarding results based on their projects to actualise the perpetuation agenda, in which the people will not matter and the votes will not count” is not only utterly false, but a copious note from the book on the failed third term agenda of President Obasanjo.

The man, President Buhari who has taken Nigeria’s reputation to a higher level internationally and is working hard to improve on the records of elections he found in place cannot descend to the level that Obasanjo has himself sunk.

As for his attacks of the administration’s records in fighting corruption, what the former President said is no more than evidence that President Buhari’s war against corruption is succeeding. They thought it is all a joke.

A leader who took USD 16 billion “upfront” to supply electric power yet failed to add a single megawatt to the national grid and to date, there is no trace of the money is jittery that he will be called to account. He is a coward.

Chief Obasanjo, manifesting a confused state of mind blames President Buhari for the fall of Libya into a failed state and the unholy alliance between the Boko Haram terrorists and the ISIS, while at the same time calling it an African problem, saying “the struggle must be for all West African, Central African, North African and most East African States,” which really does not amount to saying anything new.

Nigerians looked up to him as a role model and a ray of hope to ethical and clean leadership until President Yar’Adua called him out to explain what happened to the sixteen billion dollars of taxpayer’s money. It is clear that with him sitting on top of the heap of corruption, he is no different from the crowd he leads.

This language of his 16-page letter, likening President Buhari to General Sani Abacha, a man he dreaded and the one who jailed him under military laws is most unfitting from a former President of Nigeria.

The claim that President Buhari has put in place rigging machinery is both outlandish and outrageous. We are unable to get the words to describe a 90-year old liar, except to say that by the publication of this tissue of lies against the President, he Obasanjo, not the President will fall from everyone’s esteem.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

January 20, 2019

Obasanjo’s Statement Has Vindicated PDP’s Position, Says Ologbondiyan

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has been vindicated by the recent statement made by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the state of the nation.

PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, stated this on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

“As far as we are concerned, President Olusegun Obasanjo’s statement last night has come to vindicate the position of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and it is obvious to every Nigerian that President Muhammadu Buhari as a person does not have the intent of running this election,” he said.

Ologbondiyan’s statement comes 24 hours after former President Obasanjo criticised the current administration again over some recent developments in the nation.

Obasanjo among other things accused President Buhari of intimidating those perceived to be critics of his administration and also planning to rig the general elections that would begin next month.

Although the Presidency has denied the allegation, the PDP spokesman stated that the issues raised by the nation’s former President can be witnessed by the common Nigerian.

According to Ologbondiyan, the country under President Buhari’s watch is being pushed by some cabals in the presidential villa.

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“What former President Olusegun Obasanjo said, does it detach from the reality? Is it a lie? Is it not a fact known to you and I? Is it not the truth?

“Are we having the best in the world today? Are we recognised by the international community? Is this the pedestal of our nation when President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office? Were we going through this kind of killings, the hunger, the deprivations?” he asked.

The opposition party chieftain stated that the recent remark made by Obasanjo isn’t as a result of supporting PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Speaking on security, Ologbondiyan faulted President Muhammadu Buhari for not fixing the nation’s challenges.

He regretted that since the inception of the current administration in 2015, the nation is in a war zone following the various terrorist attacks, herdsmen clashes, kidnappings among others.

But reacting to the allegations, the Zonal Youth Leader, North West of APC, Sadiq Fakai, said President Buhari has improved the security situation in the nation since taking over office.

He however stated that the current administration would consolidate on its achievement in fighting Boko Haram if given another mandate by Nigerians at the polls.

“What Nigerians need to understand is that the government of APC led by President Muhammadu Buhari are doing their best.

“If you can see, there are a lot of improvements f rom the directions that the government come when it took power and where we are now. On the issue of Boko Haram and kidnappings, there are a lot of improvements.

“When you see the level of insecurity in the north-east, you will understand that a lot of things are coming back to their normal positions,” he stated.

Obasanjo, Saraki Pay Condolence Visit To Shagari’s Family

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Senate President, Bukola Saraki, have paid a condolence visit to the family of the late former President of Nigeria, Shehu Shagari in Sokoto State.

The visit comes three days after Shagari died at the National Hospital Abuja, the nation’s capital after a brief illness.

Obasanjo, who had earlier described the former leader as a man of honour and an achiever, sympathised with the Shagari family as well as the government and people of the state.

READ ALSO: Shehu Shagari: 8 Things To Remember About Late Ex-President Of Nigeria

Speaking at the Shagari residence, Obasanjo described the man to whom he handed over in 1979, as a leader who took decisions objectively in the best interests of the country.

According to him, Nigeria and indeed Africa have lost a leader who can never be replaced.

Prominent leaders that also visited the family include Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and former Vice President Namadi Sambo.

Obasanjo Describes Shehu Shagari As An Achiever

 

The former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has commiserated with the government and people of Sokoto State over the death of the First Executive President of Nigeria, Shehu Usman Shagari.

Obasanjo described the late Shagari as a man of honour and an achiever.

“President Shehu Shagari was a man of honour and an achiever. In all

his national assignments, he was forthright, dedicated and showed great commitment in the discharge of his duties”.

In a statement, Obasanjo said, “On behalf of my family and on my own behalf, I wish to commiserate with you, the entire members of his family and the good people of Sokoto State over the passing of this humble, patriotic, amiable and notable Nigerian leader.

“I would like to express my deep respect for the achievements of President Shehu Shagari in the course of his long life as one of the principal actors in Nigeria’s pre-independence and post-independence politics.

“He held various positions as a parliamentarian in the Federal House of Representatives representing Sokoto West in 1954, as a Parliamentarian Secretary 1958-1959, as a Federal Minister and Commissioner in different Ministries and capacities between 1959 and 1975.

“ I remember his role as Commissioner for Finance while he and I served in the government of General Yakubu Gowon. He was thorough.

“And later, I saw him as my successor in government as a democratically-elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between 1979 and 1983. Indeed, President Shagari rendered
outstanding service to our country, and we will remember his services in that respect.

“He was a unifying force for the nation and his contribution to the growth and development of democracy in Nigeria cannot easily be forgotten. In all situations, he lived nobly and he died in nobility.

“Let us bear in mind that we all have the opportunity to act nobly in whatever position we find ourselves. President Shagari died at a time the country and its leadership is in dire need of such leadership, experience and wisdom to tackle the multifaceted challenges facing the nation”.

Obasanjo prayed the Almighty Allah to grant him (Shagari) eternal rest and comfort those he left behind.

Obasanjo Visits Akwa Ibom, Worships With Udom Emmanuel

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo and Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel

 

The former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has visited Akwa Ibom State to worship with the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, at the Qua Iboe Church.

Upon his arrival, Obasanjo was received by the state governor and other government officials.

In attendance at the church service is the wife of the governor, Martha Emmanuel, Deputy Governor, Moses Ekpo, State Assembly Speaker Onofiok Luke, amongst other dignitaries.

Obasanjo’s Endorsement Of Atiku Will Not Distract Us – Presidency

BREAKING: Buhari Meets With Saraki, Governors In Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari (file)

 

The Presidency says it will not be distracted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu referred to the meeting as a “well-rehearsed theatre”.

“They will lose together. Listening to the prepared statement of the former President after the meeting showed the usual ego trip and “I know it all” character of Chief Obasanjo”, he said.

The Presidency’s reaction comes few hours after Obasanjo said Atiku could perform better than President Muhammadu Buhari, if elected into office.

However, the spokesman to the President is of the opinion that the endorsement shows “ignorance of today’s politics”.

He said, “In the first place, we dare to say that a pompous statement from the former President advising Nigerians on a vote against President Buhari is the best recommendation that can come at this time.

“It also betrayed a lack of understanding of today’s politics which is about good governance”.

Mr Shehu explained that Nigerians voted for change in 2015 and a leader that ensures good governance “which only President Buhari and the APC can provide.

“Bent on these laudable goals, we will not allow ourselves to be distracted.

“We are busy on various national issues including the restructuring and the diversification of the economy, fighting corruption, terrorism and other threats to national security; increasing the availability of electric power, improving education, health, and providing long-delayed infrastructure – roads, rail, airports and so forth.

“Many governments have come and gone, but they did not care about some of these projects.

“We were talking about these things for sixteen years under the PDP and nothing was done”.

Shehu stated that the President is proud of his records of achievements which he says are verifiable.

“While that of the PDP is manifested by the devastating social and economic impact of large-scale corruption during their governance”, he added.

The Presidential spokesman noted that President Buhari will not relent in the war against corruption because the ordinary people are the ultimate victims “if we surrender to corruption and let its perpetrators go unpunished.

”Abandoning the war against corruption is not an option. President Buhari is in this battle against graft because he cannot allow a few, rapacious, and selfish class of the elite to divert the resources meant for the well-being of the ordinary people to their private pockets”.

Shehu further stated that Nigerians trust President Buhari because they are convinced he is not in government for personal financial benefits.

“It is just eleven years ago that the former President and Vice President in their ugly fight for power accused each other of corruption. Nigerians are yet to forget all that”.

[FULL TEXT] You Have The Capacity To Perform Better Than Buhari As President, Obasanjo Tells Atiku

Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar

 

 Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has told the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, that he has the capacity to perform better than the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, when he gets into power.

Obasanjo stated this when Atiku visited him at his residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while publicly declaring his support for him.

He described Atiku as someone as who understands Nigeria’s economy better and has the experience that can make the administration business-friendly by providing jobs.

“I personally know you have the capacity to perform better than the incumbent.

“You surely understand the economy better; you have the business experience, which can make your administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide jobs”.

See Full Text Below:

I am happy to welcome the distinguished leaders of goodwill who have led the PDP Presidential Candidate and my former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, to my humble abode and I welcome the Presidential Candidate himself.

Let me start by congratulating President-to-be, Atiku Abubakar, for his success at the recent PDP Primary and I took note of his gracious remarks in his acceptance
speech that it all started here.

Yes, when it started, it was meant for Atiku to succeed Obasanjo. In the presence of these distinguished leaders of goodwill today, let me say it openly that we have
reviewed what went wrong on the side of Atiku. And in all honesty, my former Vice- President has re-discovered and re-positioned himself. As I have repeatedly said, it is not so much what you did against me that was the issue but what you did against the Party, the Government and the country.

I took the stand I had taken based on the character and attributes you exhibited in the position you found yourself. I strongly believe that I was right. It was in the
overall interest of everyone and everything to take such a position.

From what transpired in the last couple of hours or so, you have shown remorse; you have asked for forgiveness and you have indicated that you have learnt some good lessons and you will mend fences and make amends as necessary and as desirable.

Whenever or wherever you might have offended me, as a Christian who asks for
God’s forgiveness of my sins and inadequacies on daily basis, I forgive and I
sincerely advise you to learn from the past and do what is right and it will be well with you. Obviously, you have mended fences with the Party and fully reconciled with the Party. That’s why today, you are the Presidential Candidate of the Party.

In addition to appreciating all that the party has done for you, may I advise you to work together with all those who contested for the Party’s flag with you as a team for your campaign.

There are still areas, nationally and internationally, where you have to mend fences and make amends. You will know how to handle what is already out and what may yet be put out by the opposition.

But, I am convinced that if you continue with the
attitude that brought you here with these distinguished leaders of goodwill, with
remorse and contrite heart, the rest of the coast within and outside the country can be cleared. And if there is anything I can do and you want me to do in that respect, I will do.

I am sure with the right attitude for change where necessary, and by putting lessons learned by you to work, you will get the understanding, cooperation, support and mandate – all at the national level. With Nigerians voting for you, it will mean that you secure their forgiveness and regain their confidence. It will be with the hope or assurance of a Paul on the road to Damascus Conversion. After all, change and conversion are of man. I believe that with a contrite heart, change is possible in everybody’s life and situation.

For me, relatively and of all the aspirants in the PDP, you have the widest and
greatest exposure, experience, outreach and possibly the best machinery and
preparation for seeing the tough and likely dirty campaign ahead through.
From what I personally know of you, you have the capacity to perform better than the incumbent.

You surely understand the economy better; you have business experience, which
can make your administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide jobs.

You have better outreach nationally and internationally and that can translate to
better management of foreign affairs. You are more accessible and less inflexible
and more open to all parts of the country in many ways.

As Pastor Bakare, one-time running mate of the incumbent President said, “You are a wazobia man.” And that should help you in confronting the confrontable and shunning nepotism.

As you know, along the road to where you are today, many leaders and ordinary
people cooperated and overtly and covertly worked hard. On your behalf, I thank
them all. May their coast continue to be expanded.

And when you become Nigerian President which, Insha-Allah, you will be, remember what we did together in government – we ran an administration by Nigerians for all Nigerians where merit and performance count more than blood relationship, friendship or kith and kin.

Although some time and ground have been lost, you should endeavour to start from where we stopped and recover some lost ground, in no time.

Please uphold truth, integrity, principles, morality and fight corruption, crimes and insurgency. The fundamental law of the land, our constitution must be scrupulously defended.

I make one demand and one demand on you today, I need you to say before God and man that you will always remain irrevocably committed to upholding all the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the
whole country will remain your single indivisible constituency.

Constitutionalism, popular participation and inclusiveness are pre-conditions for
reversing the deficits of the past three and half years. They will ensure abiding faith in our indivisibility, oneness and faith in the survival of all against none.

The fundamentals of our development, economic growth and progress are hard and soft infrastructure. Remember to always give adequate places in your administration to our youth and women.

All the authorities involved with the preparation, all processes and conduct of the
election must ensure that the election is free, fair and credible.

Once again, congratulations and I wish you well. My distinguished brothers and
leaders of goodwill, thank you for making this happen. I will now count on you to
encourage all hands to be on the deck to take Nigeria to the level God has created it to be – autopilot level.

God bless you all and God bless Nigeria.

Obasanjo Decries Poverty Rate In Nigeria, Tackles FG

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has criticized the Federal Government for the recent ranking of the country as the poorest in the world.

While addressing the Lagos State chapter of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) executive members in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Obasanjo said the nation’s poverty index cannot be separated from the current administration’s handling of the economy.

“India is with a population of 1.3b and Nigeria is about 800m, yet, we still have the poorest citizens in the world. Nigeria does not deserve this, and this is the truth,” a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi said on Wednesday.

Obasanjo also criticized President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid, calling on Nigerians to be united in getting the right leadership for the country.

“As you rightly said, this is a hard time economically for us all, except the very few. Is that the type of leadership you want to have for another four years?

“PDP cannot do it alone, ADC cannot do it alone. It must be collective efforts to get the right leadership for the country. Recently, the country was rated as the poorest country in the world,” he added.

The former president also urged leaders of the ADC in improving the nation’s economic situation rather destroying it.

He also praised the party for allowing women to actively participate in politics, saying development was a true reflection of the society.

Obasanjo Visits Plateau, Calls For Investigation Into Killings

 

A former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has called on the Federal Government to properly investigate the murder of over 100 persons in Plateau State.

The former President made the call on Wednesday when he paid a condolence visit to Plateau State and met with Governor Simon Lalong.

Saturday’s attacks and killings in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state have been widely criticized with many calling on the Federal Government to take decisive action to arrest the attackers and end killings across the nation.

For Obasanjo, it is important to understand the immediate causes of the attacks in order to prevent further attacks and killings.

“We should find out the true cause of this. There must be a cause or causes – remote and immediate. If we are going to deal with it and we are not going to continue to multiply condolence visits by condolence visits, we must find out the root cause and deal with it,” the former President said.

“I believe that every human problem must have a human solution. This is a human problem.”

In investigating the killings, the former President expects the Federal Government to work with the state government, local government and community leaders.

Governor Simon Lalong, on his part, described the attacks and killings as very unfortunate.

This, he said, is because “if there is peace in Plateau State, everybody will be very happy. But the moment the peace is threatened in Plateau, many other places will be threatened”.

The governor, however, believes the right steps have been taken to maintain law and order in the state.

“We have done our best within this short period; we have learned our lessons and we are doing our best to maintain the peace. Like you said, we need peace not only in Plateau but all over the country,” he said.

Obasanjo Ignored All Appeals To Honour MKO Abiola – NADECO

A collage showing the presumed winner of the 1993 Presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

 

The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) has taken a swipe at former President Olusegun Obasanjo over what it describes as his failure to honour the presumed winner of the 1993 Presidential elections, Chief MKO Abiola.

NADECO’s General Secretary and Spokesman, Ayo Opadokun, on Tuesday expressed worry over the inability of the former President to recognise the election mandate of Abiola, believed by many to have emerged winner in the polls, adjudged to be free and fair.

“President Olusegun Obasanjo who the military foisted on Nigeria for 8years ignored all appeals to close the chapter of military’s disrespect to the popular will of the Nigerian people as expressed on June 12, 1993 which results have been officially announced at all the wards, LGAs, and state levels of collations confirming Abiola’s victory,” Opadokun said in a statement.

The comments by the group come 25 years after former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida annulled the 1993 elections, an action that sparked protests in parts of the country, following the inability to recognised the late Chief Abiola as President-Elect.

NADECO, known to have been spearheading the movement for the restoration of the election mandate of the late politician, business mogul and philanthropist, also expressed worry that Obasanjo being a beneficiary of Abiola’s martyrdom ought to have recognised him.

“General Obasanjo in reaction to the popular rejection of the General Ibrahim Babangida’s annulment of the Abiola’s victory said that MKO Abiola was not the messiah Nigerian people needed,” Opadokun stated further.

Opadokun also praised President Muhammadu Buhari for formally recognizing Chief Abiola by declaring June 12 as Democracy Day celebrations in Nigeria to replace May 29.

To NADECO, President was bold enough in his declaration speech despite criticisms from some Nigerians, especially the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

On June 6, President Buhari conferred a posthumous GCFR title on the presumed winner of June 12, 1993, presidential election, Moshood Abiola.

According to Buhari, his decision to change the Democracy Day celebration is because June 12 is a more symbolic day.

He stated: “We have also decided to award posthumously the highest Honour in the land, GCFR, to Chief MKO Abiola.

“In the view of Nigerians, as shared by this Administration, June 12, 1993, was and is far more symbolic of Democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29, or even October 1.”

Obasanjo, IBB, Nwosu Absent As FG Confers National Honours On Abiola, Others

A collage showing the presumed winner of the 1993 Presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

 

Former military President, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, and Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo were absent on Tuesday as the Federal Government conferred national honours on Chief MKO Abiola and others.

Also absent at the investiture was Humphrey Nwosu, the Chairman of the country’s electoral body – the National Electoral Commission, at the time of the 1993 elections.

All three of them, however, sent messages to the investiture which took place in Abuja to apologise for being unable to attend the programme.

Chief Obasanjo and Nwosu explained that their absence was due to the fact that they are away from the country.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, informed the gathering about their absence and the reasons for it.

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Former military President, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida

Both the former military president and Obasanjo have been criticised by supporters of the June 12 struggle.

General Babangida has continued to receive criticism for annulling the elections, which have been widely praised for being the freest and fairest in the country.

Chief Obasanjo on the other hand, was criticised for failing to honour MKO Abiola between 1999 and 2007 when he was President.

Obasanjo Was Appointed President, Not Elected – Tundun Abiola

Tundun Abiola, daughter of late MKO Abiola.

 

Tundun Abiola, one of the daughters of  MKO Abiola, on Sunday said it was not by election that former President Olusegun Obasanjo got into office.

She believes that the former president was appointed by the then military regime to compensate the people of the South-West region for the death of her father – the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

“Obasanjo was appointed the president, he was not elected president. We did not have any election in 1999, we had a coronation,” Tundun stated during an interview on Rubin Minds on Channels Television.

She made the comments in reaction to the declaration of June 12 as the new Democracy Day and the posthumous award of GCFR conferred Abiola by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Tundun, who is also a lawyer, commended the development which she said was appreciated by her family after a long struggle.

She, however, criticised former President Obasanjo for failing to recognise her late father for his contributions to the nation’s development.

The lawyer stressed, “When you know you were not elected, you know you were selected and just appointed president by the military, it is galling for him to have acknowledged a democratic process.”

“President Obasanjo and my father had a relationship then; so what happened in their lifetime continued even after my father was dead. He cannot bear the idea of Moshood Abiola – so he did not do it,” she claimed.