Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has once again restated his position to never support Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s presidential aspiration. Atiku has declared his interest to run for president in 2019. He is currently in the PDP and is working towards becoming the presidential flagbearer of the party.
The former president, one of the most influential of his living peers, hinged his blistering position on the unsavory corruption perception of Mr. Atiku while speaking with PREMIUM TIMES shortly after his arrival from Kigali on Friday afternoon.
“How can I be on the same side with Atiku? To do what?
“If I support Atiku for anything, God will not forgive me. If I do not know, yes. But once I know, Atiku can never enjoy my support. It is not a question of working with or not working with an individual. If you are working for the good of Nigeria, I am working with you. If you are not working for the good of Nigeria it does not matter who you are I am not working with you.
“Most of you do not understand the way I operate,” Mr Obasanjo said. “And I thought your own paper will understand better. I know Atiku very well. And I have mentioned my position with Atiku. My position has not changed,” he said.
On a personal note, he added,
“If my children are getting married, he has sent representatives. If his children are getting married, I have sent representatives. That is social. That is not political. But on political ground, my position has not changed. If I support Atiku for a political office other than the one I supported him in the past when I did not know him,” maybe, but not “now that I know him, God will not forgive me.”
Obasanjo and Atiku came into power in 1999 with Atiku serving as his Vice President. They started on a good slate but later fell out after the former President accused Atiku of massive corruption.