Obasanjo recommended Obi to Nigerians in his New Year’s message, saying that the former governor of Anambra State has undeniable credibility in all areas of leadership.
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Most of the politicians who criticize the former president visited Obasanjo’s Otta Farm in search of endorsements at some point, but they now discount his endorsement of Obi as being unimportant.
In the past, Obasanjo has endorsed candidates who were elected president of the country.
Former federal lawmaker Shehu Sani made the point that when Obasanjo publicly supported Musa Yar’adua as his successor in 2007, it actually happened.
Additionally, Obasanjo supported Goodluck Jonathan’s selection as Yar’Adua’s running mate and later supported the politician from Bayelsa’s first term after he took over for the late Yar’Adua.
Obasanjo declared his support for Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress, APC’s presidential candidate, in 2014.
At the launch of his autobiography, My Watch, in Nairobi, Kenya, Obasanjo, a then-member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, shared his viewpoint in an interview with the Journalist.
Buhari was then fully capable of leading the nation in Obasanjo’s eyes. He made the choice in opposition to Goodluck Jonathan’s desire for a second term, and it was carried out. When Buhari was declared the winner of the 2015 presidential election, he made history as the first person to unseat an incumbent President.
If elected, Buhari, according to Obasanjo, would successfully combat corruption and insecurity.
He added that Buhari had the capacity to raise military morale and combat insurgency in the North-East and other regions of the nation.
However, the South West Agenda (SWAGA), a group backing Bola Tinubu for president of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has disregarded Obasanjo’s support for Obi.
The decision of the former president, which Senator Dayo Adeyeye, the national chairman of SWAGA, characterized as hollow and lacking in substance, will not have an impact on the victory of the former governor of Lagos State, he said.
How previous presidential candidates endorsed by Obasanjo fared
The Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the APC claimed that Obasanjo’s endorsement of Obi was pointless and that the former president lacked any significant electoral value.
Additionally, the PDP PCC insisted that Atiku would become president during Obasanjo’s lifetime, whether he liked it or not.
The Patriotic Youth Front of Nigeria (PYFN), a group, has also disavowed the former president’s support for Obi.
Maxwell Ogar, the president of the PYFN, claimed that Obasanjo’s blood-stained hands prevent him from giving advice to Nigerian youth.
Femi Fani-Kayode, a senior member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), downplayed the endorsement as well.
Obi’s endorsement by Obasanjo, according to Fani-Kayode, a representative for the Tinubu/Shettima campaign council, is a fruitless exercise.
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Popular activist Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko responded to a question about the significance of Obasanjo’s support for Peter Obi for president by saying it was a step in the right direction.
“Obasanjo’s endorsement of Obi is completely within his rights as a basic human being. His opinion carries a lot of weight because he is a powerful statesman, which is why different politicians and political parties have responded in different ways to it, he said.
He continued, “Edwin Clarke’s support for Peter Obi is a big win for the Labour Party because the man holds a fatherly position in the communities that produce crude oil. Both politicians are entitled to use their free speech.
Nigerians eagerly await the results of the endorsement in the coming weeks when voters go to the polls.
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