Nigerian youths have attacked Obasanjo following his decision to endorsed Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party.
The endorsement of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party, by the former president Olusegun Obasanjo has been criticized by Nigerian youths who descended in large numbers on Abeokuta, Ogun State for a National Summit as being personal and asserting that he cannot tell them who to vote for in the upcoming general election.
Seyi Bamigbade, National Director General of the APC Professionals Council, stated at the National Youth Summit that the previous president cannot play god because Nigeria’s democracy has advanced past the point when one person decides who becomes the leader.
Bola Tinubu, the APC’s presidential candidate, would win by a landslide, according to Tinubu, who also said that Obasanjo’s support for Obi will not have an impact on the margin of victory.
Bamigbade accused the former of expressing frustration over his inability to control the current government.
According to Bamigbade, “what matters most is acceptability among the Nigerian populace, which Asiwaju Bola Tinubu enjoys among the Nigerian young population as clearly indicated in the mammoth crowd that besiege the party’s rallies across the states.”
“As young people, you should not be distracted by the antics of a former president who merely exercises his political rights. You know in whose hand your future is better protected and secured, you know the candidate who from his days as governor in Lagos has made the development and welfare of young people a top agenda.
You should not fall for that distraction, do not be misled by the attitude which falls far below that of a statesman, rather let your eye be on the ball, towards taking a strategic action targeted at securing your future.
“Our great party the APC has an enviable track record of excellent performance which President Muhammadu Buhari had deeply entrenched, a legacy the incoming President, Asiwaju will continue with.”
Earlier, the National President of Concerned Youths Electoral Credibility, CYEC, Engr. Paul Chinonso said “the action of the former president falls short of a statesman,” insisting that they will vote for APC presidential candidate Tinubu in the next month’s presidential election.
Chinonso said “Obasanjo does not have the right to decide for Nigerians the direction to vote in choosing their leader, “accusing the former president of presiding over the profligacy and corruption that crippled the country during his days as president.
He said Obasanjo and his then-vice, Atiku Abubakar, sold all national assets in a questionable and corrupt manner in the name of privatization.
“Just to remind you, Obasanjo spent $3.7bn to provide electricity, and there was nothing to show for it. Atiku confirmed that the money was nowhere to be found.
“The same Obasanjo and the candidate of the other dying party, Atiku Abubakar brought Global Steel for Ajaokuta steel in 2005. The investors went to court asking for $5bn, and Buhari paid $496m to reclaim our inheritance. Today, Ajaokuta steel is back to life, an indelible legacy of APC”, Chinonso said.